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Council 'scaling back' 24-hour pothole pledge

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

adrianw@baylismedia.co.uk

The council is ‘scaling back’ on a project to fix potholes on roads within 24 hours.

Cllr Jon Davey, (WWRA, Clewer and Dedworth West) asked councillors about the Conservatives’ election pledge of a 24-hour pothole fix at the corporate services overview and scrutiny panel meeting on Tuesday.

In June, the council voted for £450,000 to go to road contractors for work on potholes but Cllr Davey noticed that this was not included in the budget for 2020/21.

Lead member for transport and infrastructure, Cllr Gerry Clark (Con, Bisham and Cookham), said that the 24-hour scheme was no longer considered necessary because all the potholes covered by the plan will have been fixed by the end of this financial year.

The £450,000 put forward to fix potholes was only ‘a one-off splurge, a crack-down on potholes,’ said Cllr Clark. The sum was intended to deal with a backlog of problematic potholes in the borough, he added.

The scheme aimed to fix only those potholes causing significant delays in the area – those with a 40mm depth on carriageways and 25mm on footways. Of the 471 such potholes reported September to December last year, all 471 were fixed.

Speaking after the meeting, leader of the council, Cllr Andrew Johnson (Con, Hurley and Walthams), said that the 24-hour response will not disappear completely, but rather the council would now be ‘scaling back’ to cover just those roads on which breakdowns could be more costly than swiftly dealing with potholes. He added that there was ‘no definite policy’ yet.

However, leader of the local independents, Cllr Lynne Jones (OWRA, Old Windsor), has said that this system is much the same as the system that the borough had before the proposed 24-hour fixing service.

“It’s not actually going to affect anybody,” she said. “We already had a reasonable amount of potholing. The only difference is that they can’t put words to this 24-hour service, because the money’s not there.”

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  • Pursuer

    16:59, 10 February 2020

    Potholes were not repaired within 24 hours in many cases- some still exist weeks later- just not deep enough I am given to understand. Those that are done are more often than not just a bag of cold lay and no tar seal so water and/or frost will soon break them up. As for spending ratepayer's money, why waste it painting double yellow lines on a mile or two on the A4 Bath Road when as the Borough officials must know the restrictions will not be enforced and will be largely ignored. Add to this the Queen Street alterations,as part of the pedestrianisation and upgrading of the station car park etc- well it was boldly announced on electronic displays that the would was scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2019- still not finished (no doubt we're still paying for the 'work') but as the pedestrianisation was intended to help the floods of passengers who would rush to & from the station to catch Crossrail trains, that's all right- hardly any Crossrail/Elizabeth Line trains, project still not finished, fewer Great Western trains so no rush of passengers so no need to finish the work. I'm sure there are other projects in the pipeline that don't need doing so why bother to spend tax payers money in repairing roads- after all that only helps motorists.

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    • Symposium

      20:51, 10 February 2020

      The double yellow lines on the A4 were just to replace the ones that were covered by the reskim of the surface. I agree that the fact it took four months to do the line painting is shocking though.

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  • mervetheswerve

    01:16, 09 February 2020

    How surprising yet another “promise” from this Council they reckon all the potholes will have been dealt with

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