Worry over ‘in­fa­mous’ state of city’s roads

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

ONE OF the North of Eng­land’s most vis­ited cities is be­com­ing “in­fa­mous” for the state of its roads, with as many as a tenth of streets in some dis­tricts in des­per­ate need of re­pairs.

Fig­ures from York Coun­cil have re­vealed that the pro­por­tion of roads ranked as in the worst con­di­tion has in­creased in ev­ery part of the city since 2016.

The data has re­vealed that nearly 10 per cent of streets in the Stren­sall, Hol­gate, He­worth With­out, Mick­le­gate and Whel­drake wards, have been graded as struc­turally im­paired – the worst con­di­tion.

The city at­tracts 6.9m vis­i­tors ev­ery year who spend £564m, but coun­cil­lors have spo­ken of their mount­ing con­cerns that York is be­com­ing no­to­ri­ous for the state of its roads net­work.

Coun Kal­lum Tay­lor, a mem­ber for Hol­gate, said: “I’m not sur­prised at all to see these fig­ures. York’s now in­fa­mous for the state of its roads, and our worst ones are get­ting worse.”

A spokesman for the coun­cil said it is re­view­ing roads and meth­ods of re­pair to make sure money for fix­ing streets is used as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

But Coun Paul Doughty, who rep­re­sents the Stren­sall ward, added: “In some re­spects, it’s a good thing that roads in my ward are now recog­nised as amongst the worst in the city as there is now no ex­cuse for the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion not to put in the in­vest­ment that is re­quired.”

The as­sis­tant direc­tor for high­ways at the coun­cil, James Gilchrist, con­firmed the au­thor­ity is “work­ing pro-ac­tively” to iden­tify road re­pairs and en­sure fi­nances are used as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

He added of­fi­cers are cat­e­goris­ing and re­view­ing the high­ways net­work, so that the main­te­nance plan can be en­hanced and con­sid­ered by the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive in the New Year.

The con­di­tion of roads in the city will also be dis­cussed at a meet­ing to­mor­row.

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