£3m pot for road repairs praised
Extra funding to address surface problem
THE decision to splash more cash on Buckinghamshire’s roads has been praised by a national pothole campaign group.
But the praise has drawn criticism from a cyclist who has attacked the ‘appalling’ roads in Bucks,
The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has praised the decision by Buckinghamshire County Council to release £3million from its reserves to fund resurfacing of minor rural roads.
The extra £3million is in addition to the £25million already committed for road restoration and maintenance in the county. It will be used for a 12-month programme of ‘plane and patch’ work to resurface badly worn sections of unclassified rural roads in 300 locations.
The rural roads initiative is in addition to Transport for Buckinghamshire’s largest road programme which will see the condition of over 220 road sections addressed.
Chief executive of RSTA Howard Robinson said: “Buckinghamshire County Council is to be commended on its investment in its road network. Such planned programmes of maintenance are far better than expensive patch-and-mend.
“Whilst recognising that roads do eventually need to be resurfaced with asphalt, the extra £3million would probably provide better value if spent undertaking full surface dressing. This approach would ‘buy’ an extra 10 years of road service life before resurfacing becomes necessary.”
However, chairman of Gerrards Cross Parish Council Chris Brown, who is also a keen cyclist, has said Bucks County Council does not deserve any praise for its roads.
He said: “I’m astounded that Bucks County Council should receive any praise for the way in which it invests in our roads.
“Bucks’ roads are in an appalling state, all over the county. If you cross the borders into Berkshire and into London, things are massively improved.
“As a cyclist you have to be constantly avoiding the potholes, and things never improve. Every year, the same holes open up again because they’re not properly repaired.
“It beggars belief that the county council should receive any praise for the way in which it deals with its roads. It’s a complete joke.”
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