£3m pot for road re­pairs praised

Ex­tra fund­ing to ad­dress sur­face prob­lem

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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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