Jul 27 2014

Dave Gets a Quarter Mil to Fix Potholes in Harrow

pothole-150x150Harrow has been awarded a portion of a £10m Pothole Fund from the Government to help repair damage to the local road network.

The Department for Transport funding was available for 2014/15 financial year through a bidding process, and was made available based on an average cost of £52 to repair a single pothole, allowing the complete fund to fill over 3 million potholes on the local highway network. All applications were scored using a system designed for this fund with the final funding amount being proportionate to each local highway authority’s road length.

Harrow’s bid was successful and the borough has been awarded £230,652 for pothole repair work within this financial year.

That’s roughly 4,500 potholes that Harrow can now afford to fill. Although how it costs fifty quid for someone to empty a £12 bag of B&Q tarmac and smack down it with the back of a spade before going for a fag and a tea-break, we don’t know. All that remains is for Dave to tell us how many potholes he knows about.


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  1. PraxisReform

    I guess very soon we’ll see sights similar to this all over Harrow:

  2. sonoo malkani

    No idea how much these things cost to fix but am very pleased Harrow’s bid was successful,and that we have won £230,000 to fix these nasty potholes during this financial year.I am sure local folk will appreciate a share in the additional funding provided from the government’s Pothole Fund–,worth 10k–to help make our roads safer.Harrow could use all the help we can get.

    Sincerely hope we get cracking before the bad weather sets in and make good use of these funds as soon as possible.

  3. Mike N

    Some of the repairs I’ve seen so far really do look like they have been done with a bag of Tarmac and the back of a spade! But then again when they break up during winter Harrow Council can blame the weather and not the workmanship.

  4. David Richmond

    Didn’t Blackburn have a tradition of counting them in the 1960’s and making the information public?

  5. PraxisReform

    Back at the end of April, it was announced that there was half a mil to fix potholes:

    Now, I doubt I’ll get an answer from this deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive council, but where is the other quarter mil?

    Or was it simply a case that £104/pothole was far too unbelievable for even the most gullible Harrow resident?

    Then there’s the question on the tip of everyone’s lips… When will the work start?

  6. Concerned Harrovian

    I guess the reason that Cllr Dave isn’t seen out and about is that he is looking into potholes (literally) perhaps hoping to hear the voice of the Oracle giving guidance on Harrow’s future. Does anyone know if their are any regulations relating to the standards of road repair?

  7. PraxisReform

    I suspect Dave’s reasoning is that if one pot hole gets fixed, the plebs will get overexcited and expect to see all the pot holes fixed, which would then mean no money left for bonuses…

    Thus, if a motorist hits a deep pothole at low speed, they might end up with damaged tyres, wheels or steering alignment, but the cost of repair probably won’t justify an insurance claim or suing the council.

    Eventually, or with a collision a higher speed, a motorist hitting a deep pothole might severely damage their vehicle, or lose control – resulting in impact with other vehicles, the kerb or other roadside objects.

    Whereupon, the costs of the damage will be borne by the insurance company (it’s victimless negligence, eh Dave..?), and should anyone be silly enough to try to sue the Council, Dave will likely use the statutory defence of “Gosh, nobody mentioned anything about potholes before, ‘ow can I be ‘eld liable for something what I never knew about?”

    Ergo, Dave won’t bother to fix potholes, until his 2nd job is on the line…

    However, my understanding is that Councils are legally obliged to have in place a system that enables them to receive reports of road deflects from the public, and may then be liable if they have not acted in a timely manner after receiving such a report.

    At which point, Dave will probably start trying to argue that pot holes aren’t really pot holes:

    And even then, he’ll probably rationalize that it’s cheaper to bung the affected motorist a few thousand quid and ask them politely to go away, before actually doing any work.

    Now, this might not solve the problems, but will certainly make things difficult for Dave when the FOIA requests start rolling in, asking how much money Harrow council is spending to fight legal claims from motorists with damaged vehicles.

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