Piggy bank raided for £25m road repairs

Bucks Free Press: Piggy bank raided for £25m road repairs Piggy bank raided for £25m road repairs

SCORES of south Bucks’ most battered and pothole ridden roads are set to benefit from a £25m cash injection starting next month as council chiefs raid the piggy bank.

The money, which includes £5m from Bucks County Council's reserve funds, normally seen as for emergencies, is being ploughed into the crumbling road network across the county in a fortnight's time.

From April, a two year £25m programme to improve the damaged surfaces is to begin.

Councillors are set to tell bosses which five roads in their own patches need the most attention immediately – and you could help draw up their lists.

Already, the council has spent £30m over the last three years on fixing potholes and resurfacing county wide but leader Martin Tett said much more is required.

He told the Free Press: "We have had about a decade of neglect on our roads, quite frankly. We are trying to catch up on that and it's a really big priority for me.

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The material used already weighed the equivalent of 5,825 elephants or 285 blue whales and covers an area of 90 football pitches.

"In really tough times we're taking money out of reserves.

"We actually have relatively healthy reserves, about £34m. We're spending heavily from our reserves during this period and it's quite right we do so.

"There's no point putting money away for a rainy day and then when it rains you keep the umbrella in the cupboard. Now is the time it's raining."

Full resurfacing is the only long term solution, rather than fixing potholes individually, he said.

The roads are constantly deteriorating, with rain and freezing conditions a major factor each year, he added.

Since 2010 600 roads have been treated. During the 2012/13 programme alone 178 roads were treated.

The material used weighed the equivalent of 5,825 elephants or 285 blue whales and covers an area of 90 football pitches, officials said.

However, Cllr Tett admitted even the £55m that will have been spent once this latest cash injection is used up is nowhere near to what would be needed to fix every road.

The AA said last week that nationally councils need to spend over £10bn to repair all roads.

What roads around your area need fixing the most in your view?

Tell us which ones you want to see worked on and we will send on all of your comments to the council.

Send us an email headed 'Road Repairs' to bfpnews@london.newsquest.co.uk

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3:19pm Thu 21 Mar 13

miccles says...

So is this yet another Election Stint for Tett?
So is this yet another Election Stint for Tett? miccles
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Darren Hayday says...

Funny that the BCC Election is on 2nd May and they make this announcement now...
Funny that the BCC Election is on 2nd May and they make this announcement now... Darren Hayday
  • Score: 1

3:34pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Dr Truth says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Funny that the BCC Election is on 2nd May and they make this announcement now...
It's almost like they're trying to get some cleverly yet cynically worked free publicity ahead of the purdah period.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Funny that the BCC Election is on 2nd May and they make this announcement now...[/p][/quote]It's almost like they're trying to get some cleverly yet cynically worked free publicity ahead of the purdah period. Dr Truth
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Slacker says...

This is great but can they attend to the numerous potholes in Flackwell Heath that have suddenly appeared seemingly overnight especially those on the junction of Budgens corner.
This is great but can they attend to the numerous potholes in Flackwell Heath that have suddenly appeared seemingly overnight especially those on the junction of Budgens corner. Slacker
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Slacker says...

Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly.

Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it.

The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run.

Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please?
Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly. Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it. The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run. Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please? Slacker
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Voyeur says...

I see Val Letherin in her election leaflet is taking the credit for all the spending on road repairs even though she is not longer in the role as the relevant Cabinet Member. Mind you, under her watch a few years ago they took money out of the road maintenance budget to pay for capital cost over runs on the Parkway Railway station, bridges, etc. Pure electioneering by the Tories in Bucks.
I see Val Letherin in her election leaflet is taking the credit for all the spending on road repairs even though she is not longer in the role as the relevant Cabinet Member. Mind you, under her watch a few years ago they took money out of the road maintenance budget to pay for capital cost over runs on the Parkway Railway station, bridges, etc. Pure electioneering by the Tories in Bucks. Voyeur
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

I'll vote when the roads are fixed!
I'll vote when the roads are fixed! Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 1

9:39pm Thu 21 Mar 13

davekroll says...

Election time again, how do councillors know which roads to fix? X Ray eyes?
Vote for Mrs Pothole-Moneybags again.
Election time again, how do councillors know which roads to fix? X Ray eyes? Vote for Mrs Pothole-Moneybags again. davekroll
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Thu 21 Mar 13

Stand up for England says...

Slacker wrote:
Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly.

Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it.

The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run.

Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please?
Agree entirely Slacker however, if they are going to just 'bodge' it by just filling with tarmac, I could save them 24 million +. Get the local 'do-as-you-likies' to 'just fill with tarmac'. They've always got it 'cos the number of times they've offered to do my drive. We could give them a couple of caravans for their efforts which would stop them stealing others and we could sling in a crate or 2 of Guinness. Pot holes filled in, caravan theft down, Guinness sales up and 24 million + saved by the BCC !! ...
[quote][p][bold]Slacker[/bold] wrote: Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly. Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it. The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run. Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please?[/p][/quote]Agree entirely Slacker however, if they are going to just 'bodge' it by just filling with tarmac, I could save them 24 million +. Get the local 'do-as-you-likies' to 'just fill with tarmac'. They've always got it 'cos the number of times they've offered to do my drive. We could give them a couple of caravans for their efforts which would stop them stealing others and we could sling in a crate or 2 of Guinness. Pot holes filled in, caravan theft down, Guinness sales up and 24 million + saved by the BCC !! ... Stand up for England
  • Score: 1

10:42pm Thu 21 Mar 13

gpn01 says...

Slacker wrote:
Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly.

Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it.

The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run.

Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please?
Spot on. Instead of patting themselves on the back they should be ordering an inquiry into why the roads have crumbled in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Slacker[/bold] wrote: Oh and can you do the job properly this time please? The reason potholes come back is because the job is not done properly. Potholes should not just be filled in with tarmac they break up easily. The only way to do it properly is to cut out the square around the hole and tarmac it. The way it is currently done is a quick fix and false economy because these quick fixes break up quickly and the hole needs doing again. A proper job should last and cost less money in the long run. Now can I have a job as head of road maintenance please?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Instead of patting themselves on the back they should be ordering an inquiry into why the roads have crumbled in the first place. gpn01
  • Score: 0

12:32am Fri 22 Mar 13

davekroll says...

Don't forget the pavements, for those who arnt the car owning gaz guzzlers.
Don't forget the pavements, for those who arnt the car owning gaz guzzlers. davekroll
  • Score: 0

9:02am Fri 22 Mar 13

daemonite says...

So they've raided the piggy bank to pay for these repairs, but I wonder we will be refilling this piggy bank of theirs?
So they've raided the piggy bank to pay for these repairs, but I wonder we will be refilling this piggy bank of theirs? daemonite
  • Score: 0

10:10am Fri 22 Mar 13

PeriChicken says...

Hey they could replace my suspension system too which I only replaced last summer. I don't understand how BCC cant do anything about the roads! Surely they are using them too? Or are they flying in via private helicopter?
Hey they could replace my suspension system too which I only replaced last summer. I don't understand how BCC cant do anything about the roads! Surely they are using them too? Or are they flying in via private helicopter? PeriChicken
  • Score: 0

10:40am Fri 22 Mar 13

jdough says...

As I've said elsewhere - a proper repair involves removing debris from the pothole, applying a binder such as hot liquid tar, over-filling with macadam, compressing with a whacker-plate, and finally sealing the edges of the repair with more tar.

Lobbing a few handfuls of cold-mix tarmac into the hole, and then stamping on it DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PROPER REPAIR.

I can think of examples where BCC have "repaired" the same potholes a dozen times over.
As I've said elsewhere - a proper repair involves removing debris from the pothole, applying a binder such as hot liquid tar, over-filling with macadam, compressing with a whacker-plate, and finally sealing the edges of the repair with more tar. Lobbing a few handfuls of cold-mix tarmac into the hole, and then stamping on it DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PROPER REPAIR. I can think of examples where BCC have "repaired" the same potholes a dozen times over. jdough
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Fri 22 Mar 13

FarleyUK says...

How about they fix pretty much the entire stretch of Desborough Avenue - especially that 'groove' that travels for about 200 metres right down the road.

It's great fun if you get your tyre in it. Not.
How about they fix pretty much the entire stretch of Desborough Avenue - especially that 'groove' that travels for about 200 metres right down the road. It's great fun if you get your tyre in it. Not. FarleyUK
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Fri 22 Mar 13

miccles says...

There is also large parts of the West Wycombe Road, that has more craters in than the moon.
There is also large parts of the West Wycombe Road, that has more craters in than the moon. miccles
  • Score: 0

11:48am Wed 27 Mar 13

sai-diva says...

Is it just me?They raid the piggy bank for filling pot holes, vote winner.
Raid the piggy bank to support the poorest in society? Not a chance, vote loser.
Has any one seen the 'Buckinghamshire times' lately, nthing but an advert for this council, paid for by us.
Is it just me?They raid the piggy bank for filling pot holes, vote winner. Raid the piggy bank to support the poorest in society? Not a chance, vote loser. Has any one seen the 'Buckinghamshire times' lately, nthing but an advert for this council, paid for by us. sai-diva
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Tue 16 Apr 13

flacker says...

A bunch of clowns "repaired" a st of potholes on my road this morning. I say "repaired" because what actually happened is they poured a load of what looks like loose gravel in, half-heartedly flattened it a bit and then meandered off to perform their magic further on.

Took all of about 2 hours before loose bits of stones have been flung in a 20ft radius of this utter bodge-job.

What's completely unsurprising is these are the exact same set of potholes that were similarly "repaired" almost exactly two years ago. You can imagine my complete shock when the problem recurred.

*Someone* *somewhere* is making a stupid amount of money from the council - and by implication from us poor saps - touring the county with a lorry, some loose gravel and a cumulative gang IQ hovering around the mid 30's.

The suspicious side of me is thinking roads are manufactured using the same moral principles of lightbulbs. Construct them to last too long and there goes your future revenue. There doesn't seem to be an incentive for the Tarmac's of this world to ever fix these roads properly...
A bunch of clowns "repaired" a st of potholes on my road this morning. I say "repaired" because what actually happened is they poured a load of what looks like loose gravel in, half-heartedly flattened it a bit and then meandered off to perform their magic further on. Took all of about 2 hours before loose bits of stones have been flung in a 20ft radius of this utter bodge-job. What's completely unsurprising is these are the exact same set of potholes that were similarly "repaired" almost exactly two years ago. You can imagine my complete shock when the problem recurred. *Someone* *somewhere* is making a stupid amount of money from the council - and by implication from us poor saps - touring the county with a lorry, some loose gravel and a cumulative gang IQ hovering around the mid 30's. The suspicious side of me is thinking roads are manufactured using the same moral principles of lightbulbs. Construct them to last too long and there goes your future revenue. There doesn't seem to be an incentive for the Tarmac's of this world to ever fix these roads properly... flacker
  • Score: 0

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