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Longer wait to fix our potholes?
7:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
ESSEX County Council has rolled out a new system, changing its priorities for road repairs, which could leave smaller roads waiting even longer for improvement work.
Under the new system, all roads will be split into two classifications – county and local – based on how busy they are.
Although problems that have an immediate safety risk will still have priority on both types of road, county roads will be put to the front of the queue when it comes to less urgent repairs.
Inspections on county roads will be carried out every three months and local roads will be looked at annually.
County councillor Rodney Bass, responsible for highways and transportation, said: “We are making some important changes to our highway maintenance priorities in order to provide a more consistent approach across the county.
“While the county council is doing everything it can to provide continued investment in our road network, we have to be realistic and recognise there will be further reductions in available funding streams in future.
“It is therefore necessary to update our highways maintenance priorities, and ensure in the first instance we prioritise the main roads that carry the greatest amount of traffic.
“We will be monitoring the effects these changes have across our network.”
But Lib Dem councillor for Brentwood South, David Kendall, fears the changes will slow down work in the borough.
He said: “In principle it sounds like a sensible idea, but the proof will be in the pudding and I have my doubts over how well it will work.
“We’ve been waiting over a year to get some potholes repaired in Brentwood, and we seem to get neglected by the Tory administration.”
The council’s Green Party group leader, James Abbott, said: “For our local rural roads and lanes we will now get an even worse service.
“It is already the case that potentially dangerous potholes are left for months on some roads, only being inspected to see if they get worse.”
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