Vil­lage pot­holes ‘are ridicu­lous’

‘Grass cut­ting money should be used’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VIL­LAGER is up in arms about road main­te­nance in her area and has taken the county coun­cil to task.

Karo­line Lamb, of Bot­trells Lane, Chal­font St Giles, is also ‘par­tic­u­larly an­gry’ with the coun­cil’s grass cut­ting pol­icy and says that if it con­tin­ues at this cur­rent rate there will be no grass left along the verges in her lane.

But the re­sponse she re­ceived from the coun­cil has left her dis­ap­pointed as she says the money used for grass cut­ting ‘should be put to­wards road main­te­nance be­cause our roads are re­ally, re­ally bad’.

Mrs Lamb be­lieves the coun­cil are wast­ing money on cut­ting grass verges given the state of the road, adding ‘most peo­ple cut their own grass verges’.

She said: “I’ve got a bike and if you don’t know where the pot­holes are it’s quite danger­ous. You can’t go on the pave­ments. You’ve got all th­ese pot­holes, far too many.

“You put up with so many things and this is get­ting quite ridicu­lous. It’s not good enough. We’re stuck with all th­ese hor­ri­ble pot­holes.”

Coun­cil­lor Mark Shaw, who re­sponded to Mrs Lamb orig­i­nally as he is the port­fo­lio holder for trans­porta­tion, said the

You put up with so many things and this is get­ting quite

ridicu­lous”

coun­cil had to ‘dif­fi­cult con­straints’ and fund­ing’.

He added that there were no ‘cat­e­gory one de­fects’ along the road but the ‘cat­e­gory two de­fects’ will be mon­i­tored in case of fu­ture de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

Mr Shaw said: “On a more pos­i­tive note for Mrs Lamb, I am de­lighted to an­nounce that the sec­tion of Bot­trells Lane be­tween the High Street and Mill Lane is in­cluded on a pro­gramme of work, with resur­fac­ing due to take place in July/Au­gust this year.

“This re­lates to the ex­tra £10mil­lion we are in­vest­ing in the road net­work on top of the ex­ist­ing £15m road re­newal pro­gramme plus the ex­tra £3m plane and patch scheme that I an­nounced last week.”

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work bud­get ‘limited

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