Apr 09 2011

Extra funding for road repairs

I saw an article today, from Harrow Council, reporting that an additional £286,721 had been made available to the council to repair known road defects.  It might sound like a lot, but this will only allow Harrow to repair about 17% of the problems that it knows about.

If you know of any potholes, you can report them to Harrow Council by clicking here.

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety at Harrow Council, Cllr Phillip O’Dell, said he welcomed the much needed funding, but called on the government to look at more long term solutions. He said:

We work tirelessly to make sure our roads are maintained to as high a standard as possible, but the impact of last winter’s extreme weather is still taking its toll on roads in Harrow and across the country.

This extra funding will help us to clear some of the backlog of road repairs but handing out money like this is a short term solution. Going forward, I’d urge the government to look at developing a national winter road maintenance strategy.

Now more than ever, councils are struggling to find the funds to pay for road repairs, many of which are caused by the unusually cold winters we have been experiencing. As the government cuts funding for local authorities, it continues to pocket the money generated from road tax and petrol duty. This could fund some long term solutions to what is becoming a hot topic nationally.

Source(s): Harrow Council

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