Pothole money "not enough" claims Thurrock's roads chief

Thurrock Gazette: Pothole money "not enough" claims Thurrock's roads chief Pothole money "not enough" claims Thurrock's roads chief

THURROCK’S roads chief said the Government hasn’t given the council enough to fix the borough’s pothole-riddled roads.

The Department for Transport announced last week that Thurrock would receive £250,000 - enough, it claimed - to fill 4,000 potholes.

It means the government had handed the council an extra £470,000 this year to bring roads here up to scratch after a wet winter.

But Andy Smith, the Labour cabinet member for transport, said: “While this extra £470,000 is useful and welcome, it is nowhere near enough to fix all our road-based problems.”

The council received an extra £211,468 in March’s “Weather Repair Fund”. Much of that was spent resurfacing roads in the east of the borough.

The A1014 Manorway was repaired in places, while St Margaret's Avenue estate, Mucking Wharf Road both in Stanford-le-Hope were resurfaced, as was the A1089 Ferry Road in Tilbury.

One of the requirements of this latest bout of funding means the council will need to publish a list of potholes it has filled.

Mr Smith added: “Back in February we had a cabinet report which explained an additional £40 million over five years was needed to make sure Thurrock’s roads were brought up to a condition where the minimum amount of maintenance in needed and overall £72 million was needed.

“Overall, it means the council will have received £1,612,000 in grant funding for roads this year.”

“The problem with simply filling potholes is that it is never-ending work. The pothole will almost certainly re-appear next year and quite probably before that.”

In total, the government is giving an extra £163million to councils across the UK to fill thousands of potholes.

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12:23am Tue 24 Jun 14

wobblybob says...

I have no sympathy with this council, they seem to bury their heads in the sand. There are 2 sections of road in Argent St. that were obviously poorly laid from the start. Each is less than 50m long and are now patchwork quilts of tarmac as 30+ holes have been filled in. Re-laying these 2 sections would have been a lot cheaper in the long run but mend & make do seems to be the policy.
I have no sympathy with this council, they seem to bury their heads in the sand. There are 2 sections of road in Argent St. that were obviously poorly laid from the start. Each is less than 50m long and are now patchwork quilts of tarmac as 30+ holes have been filled in. Re-laying these 2 sections would have been a lot cheaper in the long run but mend & make do seems to be the policy. wobblybob
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9:13am Tue 24 Jun 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Perhaps they should build some road humps or roundabouts on the potholes so people don't drive over them any more.
Perhaps they should build some road humps or roundabouts on the potholes so people don't drive over them any more. ebagumtrebor
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10:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Thurrock WAS nice says...

At least the potholes slow the traffic down & save a fortune on speed humps etc

On a serious note, why not charge the Utility Company's a lot more to dig up the road's or when they have finished doing what they need to do make them pay for the road to be resurfaced 50 yards either side of the worksite
At least the potholes slow the traffic down & save a fortune on speed humps etc On a serious note, why not charge the Utility Company's a lot more to dig up the road's or when they have finished doing what they need to do make them pay for the road to be resurfaced 50 yards either side of the worksite Thurrock WAS nice
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