"Bradford needs cash to pay for potholed roads"

The state of Bradford’s roads will not improve unless Government funding increases, motorists have been warned.

The Local Government Association today described the nation’s pothole problem as having reached “crisis point,” and further budget cuts or a harsh winter could have “catastrophic” effects on the road network.

Bradford Council is struggling to keep on top of repairs with its highways budget and the situation will continue unless it receives more Government cash, according to the councillor in charge of roads.

As well as seeing its road maintenance budget cut by £1.3 million in the past year, from £7.75 million to £6.4 million, the authority had to pay out an average of £1.1 million a year in compensation to people who have tripped or fallen over the last three years.

In July, the Telegraph & Argus revealed that the Council faces a £30 million bill to bring road surfaces up to scratch and it would take six years to do so even if the cash was available.

Today, the LGA called for the Government to free up more money for road repairs.

Councillor Val Slater, the Council's executive member for transport, admitted the problem was getting worse.

She said: “Recent Government cuts in the Council’s budget has made it increasingly difficult to remedy the number of potholes across the district, and the situation is not going to get any better unless funding increases.

“However, Bradford maintains a comprehensive highway maintenance regime that aims to make the best of the resources we have available. A rolling programme of scheduled maintenance for the worst affected roads in the district is undertaken across the year.”

Coun Vanda Greenwood (Windhill and Wrose) said some roads in her ward had “major issues,” but she added: “Because of the backlog of works needed, the more damage that happens, the more it is going to cost to repair.”

Peter Box, chairman of the LGA’s economy and Transport Board, said: “Keeping roads safe is one of the most important jobs councils do, and over the past two years they have fixed almost four million potholes.

“They’ve also reduced the cost of filling a pothole by 25 per cent and are constantly looking for ways to make their dwindling funds go further.”

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7:44am Thu 22 Nov 12

Cooperlane2 says...

Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures? Cooperlane2
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7:57am Thu 22 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name)
It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill!
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill! angry bradfordian
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8:14am Thu 22 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Cooperlane2 wrote:
Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name)
It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill!
Totally agree with the previous 2 comments.
We can't fix pot holes yet millions appear to be availible to build traffic calming measures.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill![/p][/quote]Totally agree with the previous 2 comments. We can't fix pot holes yet millions appear to be availible to build traffic calming measures. Thee Voice of Reason
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8:39am Thu 22 Nov 12

Apollo says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Cooperlane2 wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill!
Now it has been repaired and the traffic calming humps have gone. Wonder what that cost for a road that it little more than a cut through from Yews Green to Clayton?

However, to Council is still wasting thousands of pounds (and taking months)re-building the walls at the top of Baldwin Lane. Why?
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill![/p][/quote]Now it has been repaired and the traffic calming humps have gone. Wonder what that cost for a road that it little more than a cut through from Yews Green to Clayton? However, to Council is still wasting thousands of pounds (and taking months)re-building the walls at the top of Baldwin Lane. Why? Apollo
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8:39am Thu 22 Nov 12

Apollo says...

should read 'the Council' in last sentence.
should read 'the Council' in last sentence. Apollo
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8:42am Thu 22 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

Apollo wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
Cooperlane2 wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill!
Now it has been repaired and the traffic calming humps have gone. Wonder what that cost for a road that it little more than a cut through from Yews Green to Clayton?

However, to Council is still wasting thousands of pounds (and taking months)re-building the walls at the top of Baldwin Lane. Why?
I'd imagine their excuse would be that walls, humps and potholes come from different ring-fenced funds.

They've got to spend some money on humps and cameras so the scruffy looking bloke from the safety department can get his face in the paper!
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The other week I walked up the road near the old Queensbury railway station between Clayton and West Scholes (don't know it's name) It's not wide enough for 2 cars yet they've still installed speed humps. In between the humps the roads covered in massive potholes that they say they can't afford to fill![/p][/quote]Now it has been repaired and the traffic calming humps have gone. Wonder what that cost for a road that it little more than a cut through from Yews Green to Clayton? However, to Council is still wasting thousands of pounds (and taking months)re-building the walls at the top of Baldwin Lane. Why?[/p][/quote]I'd imagine their excuse would be that walls, humps and potholes come from different ring-fenced funds. They've got to spend some money on humps and cameras so the scruffy looking bloke from the safety department can get his face in the paper! angry bradfordian
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11:06am Thu 22 Nov 12

dellorri says...

and further budget cuts or a harsh winter could have “catastrophic” effects on the road network.

Well we know the further budget cuts are coming, with the chancellor braced to unleash a further £40 billion in cuts in public spending in the next budget, and a further £10 billion of the welfare budget. But why should we expect piddling little things like road repairs to be considered when the government has such important things to take care of, like the £8billion a year to the EU, and the £7.6 billion a year in foreign aid. Some of that (£28 million) going to India who have already told them they don't need it or want it. £28 million could repair a lot of roads I bet.
and further budget cuts or a harsh winter could have “catastrophic” effects on the road network. Well we know the further budget cuts are coming, with the chancellor braced to unleash a further £40 billion in cuts in public spending in the next budget, and a further £10 billion of the welfare budget. But why should we expect piddling little things like road repairs to be considered when the government has such important things to take care of, like the £8billion a year to the EU, and the £7.6 billion a year in foreign aid. Some of that (£28 million) going to India who have already told them they don't need it or want it. £28 million could repair a lot of roads I bet. dellorri
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11:28am Thu 22 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

dellorri wrote:
and further budget cuts or a harsh winter could have “catastrophic” effects on the road network. Well we know the further budget cuts are coming, with the chancellor braced to unleash a further £40 billion in cuts in public spending in the next budget, and a further £10 billion of the welfare budget. But why should we expect piddling little things like road repairs to be considered when the government has such important things to take care of, like the £8billion a year to the EU, and the £7.6 billion a year in foreign aid. Some of that (£28 million) going to India who have already told them they don't need it or want it. £28 million could repair a lot of roads I bet.
I fully agree.

We need to get our house in order before sending billions overseas. Also we can't condemn the activities of those abroad whilst crime and disorder in our own country is sprialing out of control.

Lets look after the people who are paying the taxes rather than trying to be some kind of police nanny state to the rest of the world.
[quote][p][bold]dellorri[/bold] wrote: and further budget cuts or a harsh winter could have “catastrophic” effects on the road network. Well we know the further budget cuts are coming, with the chancellor braced to unleash a further £40 billion in cuts in public spending in the next budget, and a further £10 billion of the welfare budget. But why should we expect piddling little things like road repairs to be considered when the government has such important things to take care of, like the £8billion a year to the EU, and the £7.6 billion a year in foreign aid. Some of that (£28 million) going to India who have already told them they don't need it or want it. £28 million could repair a lot of roads I bet.[/p][/quote]I fully agree. We need to get our house in order before sending billions overseas. Also we can't condemn the activities of those abroad whilst crime and disorder in our own country is sprialing out of control. Lets look after the people who are paying the taxes rather than trying to be some kind of police nanny state to the rest of the world. Thee Voice of Reason
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2:01pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

"In July, the Telegraph & Argus revealed that the Council faces a £30 million bill to bring road surfaces up to scratch and it would take six years to do so even if the cash was available."
£30m the cost of the City Park!
"In July, the Telegraph & Argus revealed that the Council faces a £30 million bill to bring road surfaces up to scratch and it would take six years to do so even if the cash was available." £30m the cost of the City Park! Joedavid
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2:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Maybe the council should ask the government to attack bradford. The governement prides it self with wasting our hard earned money in other countries. Talk about war and the government will invest happily


Happy War bradford
Maybe the council should ask the government to attack bradford. The governement prides it self with wasting our hard earned money in other countries. Talk about war and the government will invest happily Happy War bradford thruth9211
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2:44pm Thu 22 Nov 12

thruth9211 says...

Maybe the council should ask the government to attack bradford. The governement prides it self with wasting our hard earned money in other countries. Talk about war and the government will invest happily


Happy War bradford
Maybe the council should ask the government to attack bradford. The governement prides it self with wasting our hard earned money in other countries. Talk about war and the government will invest happily Happy War bradford thruth9211
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3:24pm Thu 22 Nov 12

watcher22 says...

£30 million or so went on the city centre puddle.
The workers had to lift setts and carefully relay them to get rid of a few tiny little puddles around the big one.

Shame the council couldn't plan for the roads and pavements which the vast majority of the council tax payers actually walk and drive on.
£30 million or so went on the city centre puddle. The workers had to lift setts and carefully relay them to get rid of a few tiny little puddles around the big one. Shame the council couldn't plan for the roads and pavements which the vast majority of the council tax payers actually walk and drive on. watcher22
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6:06pm Thu 22 Nov 12

cockadoodledo says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?
Good idea, the 20mph zones are a complete waste of money, whats the point of them if the Police are unable to enforce the speed limits due to cut backs!
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Maybe reallocate money from traffic calming measures?[/p][/quote]Good idea, the 20mph zones are a complete waste of money, whats the point of them if the Police are unable to enforce the speed limits due to cut backs! cockadoodledo
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