Government wants pothole filling progress reports from Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council has extra funding to fill potholes

Herefordshire Council has extra funding to fill potholes

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WHITEHALL wants regular pothole filling progress reports from Herefordshire Council to ensure that more than £2 million of road repair funding is being well spent.

The secretary of state for transport has confirmed that £2,572,415 is coming the cash-strapped council’s way from the government’s Pothole Fund.

As a condition of the funding, the council must publish quarterly progress reports - copied to the Department of Transport (DoT) – detailing how many potholes have been permanently repaired or the length of resurfacing that has taken place to stop them forming.

A decision to approve use of the funding is due to be made by Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member for transport and roads, next month.

The decision is driven by the council’s highway asset management strategy with its ambitious “whole life” £72 million saving on maintenance and prevention of 386,000 potholes over the 34 year life cycle of the county’s roads.

Hundreds of potholes pepper the county .

Alternatives would see more pot holes filled over the short term at the expense of long term road conditions.

The council does not see such options as leading to sustained improvement.

A £200 million pothole fund was included in the government’s March budget with £168 million made available to council’s in England.

Herefordshire Council’s bid was submitted to the DoT in May and secured £2,572,415 as a grant for additional highways maintenance over the 2014-15 financial year.

As a condition of the funding the council must publish a quarterly progress report, copied to the DoT, providing details of how many potholes have been permanently repaired or the length of resurfacing that has taken place to stop the formation of potholes.

In each report, the council has to outline what it had had originally budgeted to spend in that quarter and how the additional funding had complemented the wider maintenance spend.

The council is the highway authority for all roads in the county with the exception of trunk roads and motorways which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

Herefordshire has over 2,000 miles of highway that, if built today, would cost more than £2.5 billion.

The decline in the county's highway condition is currently estimated to be around £100 million expressed as the sum needed to return roads to “'as new”.

Over  2014/15 and 2015/16  an extra £20 million of works is planned targeted to fix roads either  in the greatest need of repair or having the “greatest value” to  communities

The asset management strategy is intended to cut the cost of potholes to the council and the community by over £1.6 billion while reducing the whole life cost of maintenance by over £72 million and preventing 386,000 potholes over the 34 year lifecycle of the county's roads.

 

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4:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jarvis 2 says...

maybe Cabinet can cook somthing up behind closed doors for this
maybe Cabinet can cook somthing up behind closed doors for this jarvis 2
  • Score: 5

8:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

These reports should be published.
These reports should be published. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Thu 28 Aug 14

WYSIATI says...

Have to say that the tarmac spraying machine and crew from Sunderland appeared down the lane here - three days and lots of holes sprayed full of tar and chippings - never did expect to see them and it's much better. Better still if they had done them all instead of most of them. Now all they need to do is clear the blocked drains/ditches so that less water courses down the road/river next time the rain starts and the road might make it through a few more years.
Have to say that the tarmac spraying machine and crew from Sunderland appeared down the lane here - three days and lots of holes sprayed full of tar and chippings - never did expect to see them and it's much better. Better still if they had done them all instead of most of them. Now all they need to do is clear the blocked drains/ditches so that less water courses down the road/river next time the rain starts and the road might make it through a few more years. WYSIATI
  • Score: 3

10:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

redyoll says...

Is this the first step towards accountability for HC?
Is this the first step towards accountability for HC? redyoll
  • Score: 4

11:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

probono says...

The roadside ditches like the roadside hedges belong to the landowner on the other side of them, the notion being that you dug a ditch on your boundary line and threw the soil up to make a bank and planted your hedge on that. In the past few landowners have bothered to look after their ditches and ofter the Local Authority has done it when cleaning out drains and culverts. Many of the Parish Councils are funded by HC to employ a lengthsman to clear drains and culverts along raods and it is noticable where a PArih has a lengthdman what a difference there is.
The roadside ditches like the roadside hedges belong to the landowner on the other side of them, the notion being that you dug a ditch on your boundary line and threw the soil up to make a bank and planted your hedge on that. In the past few landowners have bothered to look after their ditches and ofter the Local Authority has done it when cleaning out drains and culverts. Many of the Parish Councils are funded by HC to employ a lengthsman to clear drains and culverts along raods [not including A roads] and it is noticable where a PArih has a lengthdman what a difference there is. probono
  • Score: 1

6:00am Sat 30 Aug 14

redyoll says...

I think you will find HC adopted the roadside ditches sometime ago and hence are responsible for their upkeep
I think you will find HC adopted the roadside ditches sometime ago and hence are responsible for their upkeep redyoll
  • Score: 1

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