Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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!

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