I was pleased to read today that the Department for Transport has committed £4.7bn to be shared over 115 English councils, including Bury, which should be enough to fix around 18,000 potholes across the country. This is particularly good news for Bury, which perhaps is only second to Salford in terms of its poor road conditions (I have written before about the appalling state of roads across our boundary in Salford).
The coalition government has committed the following pothole funds for Bury over the next 7 years
|Total commitment 2015/16 to 2020/21||£10,638,000|
Note: the figures for 2018 through to 2021 are indicative only and may fluctuate.
This funding is designed to help Bury Council tackle potholes and improve our local roads between 2015 and 2021. The council can also bid for a portion of a further £575m pot of money for the repair and maintenance of local highway infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting. Additionally, around £578m has also been set aside for an incentive scheme to reward councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost-effective improvements.
In order to bid for some of the extra money, Bury Council needs to spend its allocation of the £10.6m on actually fixing our roads (and not diverting it elsewhere or worse, refusing it because of some political ideology).
So, I’m calling on Bury Council to publicly welcome the £10.6m awarded to it from the government, spend it on fixing up our dilapidated roads and, following that, put together a convincing bid for a portion of those extra pots of money just waiting to be claimed.
Perhaps a public consultation……? Bury Council residents can probably suggest a few roads that could do with repairing!