WORKING DAILY ON FIXING COUNTY’S ROADS
MARK SHAW Portfolio holder for transportation Chesham Town, Chiltern District, and Bucks County councillor
IF I had a pound for every comment I get about Buckinghamshire’s roads!
Roads are a priority and I’m the first to agree the surfaces of many of them aren’t as good as we’d like them to be.
We’re working on this daily, at the rate of more than 200 resurfacing schemes a year. But with 2,000 miles of intensively used roads and 1,500 miles of footways – and a finite amount of money – it’s a long job.
Which is little comfort for those who drive over bumpy surfaces that seem to wait ages for any attention. So I do understand John Hatton’s frustrations, expressed in his letter last week.
Yes, we do fill potholes in all weathers, to ensure roads are safe for all road users, all year round. Last year our nine repair teams did a great job repairing more than 31,000 potholes.
So far this financial year we’ve repaired around 4,000 and our Jetpatch Team, who scout the roads for defects, handle up to 150 square metres of additional repairs every day.
This year we’re aiming to fully resurface nearly 60 miles of road – that’s equivalent to a road stretching from north to south of the county – and tackle seven footway projects. All this will cost around £17.5m.
But I’m more than happy to meet John to discuss his concerns and go into more detail about our plans, so that we’re able to work together in harmony for the benefit of our residents.
And I’ll be happy to bring along with me a note showing I receive a £20,821 special responsibility allowance for my role as Transport Cabinet Member.
£150,000? That would represent a pantechnicon-load of comments about Buckinghamshire’s roads. Where did you get that figure from, John!