POT-HOLE FUND ‘NOT ENOUGH’
£500k government funding is ‘just a drop in the ocean’
THE LEADER of Bucks County Council (BCC) says more money is needed to fix the pot-hole problem on our roads.
The comments from Martin Tett, who is also transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, follow the announcement that the county is to receive £546,000 from the Government to tackle the problem.
Mr Tett welcomed the cash boost but also said it is a drop in the ocean compared to the amount needed.
He said: “We welcome any money from the government towards potholes but just to put in perspective, we spent £25m on resurfacing the roads in the county so the extra £500,000 is pretty small in terms of comparison. It’s a useful contribution but quite frankly we need a lot more than that to make a big difference on the roads.”
He said that to ‘completely resurface’ just the roads that need it, £250m would have to be spent. He added: “No one can afford that but we have to lay it in the context of how much needs to be spent.”
Mr Tett echoed his comments as LGA Transport spokesman, calling the money ‘a step in the right direction’, but reiterating that councils need more than 230 times that amount to cover the £11.8 billion cost to bring our roads up to scratch.
Local councils ‘remain trapped in a frustrating cycle that will only ever leave them able to patch up those roads that are inadequate’ he said.
He said that polling shows 83 per cent of people ‘would support’ an amount of fuel duty being reinvested to help councils bring our roads up to scratch.
Mr Tett added: “The condition of our roads is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority.
“The Government’s own traffic projections
predict a potential increase in traffic of up to 55 per cent by 2040.
“Councils desperately need long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade.”