Long-last­ing pot­hole re­pairs pledge with £2.78 mil­lion pro­gramme

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by WILL BRADLEY wil­liam.bradley@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @GetSur­reyWill

A £2.78 mil­lion pro­gramme to re­pair the county’s worst pot­hole ‘farms’ in Buck­ing­hamshire was an­nounced on April 5.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil has re­ceived £1.78m in De­part­ment for Trans­port re­pair grants and more money is set to be added from its re­serves and from coun­cil­lors’ re­pair funds, for a ‘plane and patch’ scheme to resur­face stretches of road with mul­ti­ple de­fects.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Trans­porta­tion, said road de­fects had wors­ened in the first three months of the year as a con­se­quence of the harsh win­ter weather, with three se­vere snow storms, and dam­ag­ing freeze-thaw ef­fects cou­pled with cor­ro­sive road salt ac­tion.

Pot­hole ‘farm’ refers to a small col­lec­tion of sur­face de­fects or pot­holes on a road.

Mark said: “This is a na­tional prob­lem that doesn’t just af­fect Buck­ing­hamshire.

“It’s good to see the Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised this with the al­lo­ca­tion of around £100m in ex­tra fund­ing for coun­cils.

“While this is very wel­come help, it won’t solve our un­der­funded roads main­te­nance prob­lem, and we’d like to see the Gov­ern­ment providing a more sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for our roads.

“Re­pairs in the cold and wet after­math of win­ter weather risked be­ing short-lived.

“I do ap­pre­ci­ate some road sur­faces have taken longer to fix than we’d have liked.

“But do­ing re­pairs twice doesn’t make eco­nomic sense, and I know our res­i­dents would ex­pect us to ste­ward fi­nances more re­spon­si­bly.

“Our plane and patch pro­gramme will be a sound in­vest­ment in our roads and will pro­vide long-last­ing sur­faces – not just tem­po­rary re­pairs.”

Plane and patch teams will tar­get the worst-hit roads across the coun­try, us­ing lo­cal knowl­edge from Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire (TfB) lo­cal area tech­ni­cians, with ca­pac­ity to re­pair up to nine miles of road.

Former Buck­ing­hamshire county coun­cil­lor David Mea­cock has crit­i­cised the ‘plane and patch’ scheme and claims that ‘sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion’ is re­quired.

David said: “Bucks CC has bro­ken its im­plied duty of care to road users and this is a case of far too lit­tle, far too late – a stick­ing plas­ter where ma­jor sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion is re­quired.”

While this pro­gramme is ac­tive, Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire re­pair teams will con­tinue with the county’s £2m pro­gramme re­pair­ing in­di­vid­ual pot­holes, and make more use of their high-ve­loc­ity Jet Patcher, which speeds re­pair rates.

The ad­di­tional pro­gramme spend will need the agree­ment of the full coun­cil on April 26.

A £2.78 mil­lion pro­gramme to re­pair the county’s worst pot­hole ‘farms’ in Buck­ing­hamshire has been an­nounced. Mark Shaw is pic­tured by some road patch­ing

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