Balfour Beatty Living Places Public Realm Annual Plan 2017/18

Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/01/2017

Decision due: 30 March 2017 by Cabinet Member Transport & Roads

Lead member: Cabinet Member Transport & Roads

Lead director: Director of economy, communities and corporate

Department: Economy, communities and corporate

Contact: Clive Hall Email:


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  1. timothy
    timothy says:

    It would seem pot holes are very topical this morning with the subject aired on BBC breakfast TV this morning. Following a survey of councils in England and Wales £12Billion pounds would be needed to fix the problem.

    A spokesman Peter Fleming deputy chair of the Local Government Association said that successive governments had hugely underfunded the local road network which comprise 97% of the roads in this country!
    He went on to say that strategic roads i.e motorways are allocated £1million per mile where as the local roads only £27k.

    He then said that adult social care was costing councils more and more money. He added that in he believed that the £12 billion needed in order to start from a “level playing field” could already be funded from just 2 pence of the fuel duty that motorists are already paying. He went on to say that he believed that if this money was “redirected to our local road network we could really see a positive impact on the state of our roads!

    Well stated common sense!

    My question to quote a well known Pink Floyd lyric is “hello hello hello is there anybody out there?”

    They then asked the question is there maybe another way of looking at this because we talk a lot about potholes on Breakfast? They then interviewed Dr David Agreenfields, “research director” of the “Pothole spotter trial” Big smiles. Then went on to say that they were being funded by the Department of Transport to look at how we can prevent potholes forming in the first place. Solution “fitting high definition cameras to the front bin lorries” and then build up a “portfolio” of pictures to watch how a pothole progresses over time!

    Call me a cynic but I suspect the latter will be the chosen option until the approach of the next general election!

    I think as long as lobbyists acting on behalf of private corporations, with their eyes set on eye wateringly massive profits from HS2 on the horizon have their way. We will only have the crumbs from the table for our necessities!

    However there is still hope in my view that things can and will change very quickly given enough general public dissatisfaction. And apparently our roads are now a major factor with 1 in six reported to be falling apart.

    The problems talked about today are general across all councils but as previously stated Herefordshire Council seems to be incompetent in spite of the difficulties in stating that £1.6 million is all that can be afforded to fund “managed decline.”

    I recently found this website, very well done to your several elected county councillors and those who did so well at the polls in Leominster and Ross on Wye this month. I wonder if your policy of bottom up decision making will sweep all before you in the not to distant future. I certainly hope so!

    Kind regards,

    Tim Hopkins


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