£250,000 saved during mild winter to be spent on fixing district's roads

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Council is to spend £825,000 on fixing roads, including £250,000 saved on gritting Buy this photo The Council is to spend £825,000 on fixing roads, including £250,000 saved on gritting

An extra £250,000 will be spent on pothole repairs across the Bradford district this year as it emerged that money saved on gritting due to the mild winter will now go towards bringing damaged roads up to scratch.

This is on top of a £575,000 emergency payment announced by the Government late last month to help with road repairs following the wettest winter on record.

Exactly where Bradford Council will invest the cash is not yet determined, but a list of priorities will be drawn up shortly by highways bosses. Some of the £825,000 in total is likely to spent on more strategic routes, while a portion will be shared out among the Council’s five area committees – ensuring the cash is divided right across the district.

Councillor Val Slater, the Council’s executive member in charge of transport, said this was the first time money had been diverted in this way.

“It struck me when I took over responsibility for highways that if we had had a bad winter we would have to find the money from the rest of the highways budget to cover any extra,” she said.

“So if we didn’t have to buy any extra salt etc, then it would be logical to say we would like to use that money on the roads.”

“It won’t cover everything that needs doing, but it is very welcome.”

She added that an annual survey of the district’s roads would be “refreshed” by officers before any decisions were made about exactly where the money would be spent.

The last financial year’s overall road maintenance budget at the authority was £8.9m, compared to £6.5m for 2012/13.

“Along with the rest of the country, our roads are not in a very good state and it would need a very large amount of money and take some time to put them right,” said Coun Slater.

Last year, the Telegraph & Argus reported how, despite the boost in the road maintenance budget, it would not clear the backlog of work needed to bring the district’s roads up to scratch, but would only allow the Council to “maintain the condition” of the network”.

According to a survey published last week by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, the average one-off cost per authority in the region to clear the backlog of highway maintenance is £96m and that it would take an estimated 13 years.

In addition the average number of potholes filled in the last year per authority in the region is 13,565 with an estimated cost of £51 to fill one pothole.

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7:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

food_for_thought says...

What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.
What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up. food_for_thought
  • Score: 26

7:05am Thu 10 Apr 14

Albion. says...

food_for_thought wrote:
What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.
Totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]food_for_thought[/bold] wrote: What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Albion.
  • Score: 9

7:33am Thu 10 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

food_for_thought wrote:
What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.
i can remember when my family used to work on the roads in the 70's and 80's somebody from the council would do quality checks.
now they let anybody start up a road crew.
[quote][p][bold]food_for_thought[/bold] wrote: What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.[/p][/quote]i can remember when my family used to work on the roads in the 70's and 80's somebody from the council would do quality checks. now they let anybody start up a road crew. tinytoonster
  • Score: 16

8:30am Thu 10 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

tinytoonster wrote:
food_for_thought wrote:
What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.
i can remember when my family used to work on the roads in the 70's and 80's somebody from the council would do quality checks.
now they let anybody start up a road crew.
Cheap and cheerful
Saving money or shall we say my bonus
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]food_for_thought[/bold] wrote: What a shame that a proportion of this money is going to have to be spent on re-doing work that should have been done properly the first time around. BMDC really needs to up their quality control in this area. There are innumerable 'repaired' potholes across the district from last year which didn't survive the winter, despite it being almost frost-free, because such a poor job was done in the first place. Also, we have got swathes of roads that were 'resurfaced' last summer that now need urgent attention - spraying tar and chucking down some gravel is NOT resurfacing, whatever you may think! Even if it's done properly, it results in piles of gravel that are a serious hazard to anything on 2 wheels for months on end, and a minor hazard and nuisance for four-wheeled vehicles. The way it's been done around Bradford though is even more of a disgrace with bare patches opening up within days of treatment which have since expanded over the winter leaving road surfaces many times worse off than they were before being bodged up.[/p][/quote]i can remember when my family used to work on the roads in the 70's and 80's somebody from the council would do quality checks. now they let anybody start up a road crew.[/p][/quote]Cheap and cheerful Saving money or shall we say my bonus bd7 helper
  • Score: 7

9:05am Thu 10 Apr 14

Apollo says...

£250,000 is a drop in the ocean when you consider the number of roads which now require major work.
£250,000 is a drop in the ocean when you consider the number of roads which now require major work. Apollo
  • Score: 10

9:25am Thu 10 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Totally agree with the above comments. The repaired potholes and resurfacing is of an inferior standard and the council should recharge those repair crews who did this awful job in the first place.

Once a pot hole is fixed it should not need fishing again every 6 months. Only reason it needs fixing again is because it was repaired wrongly using cheap fixes.

Also our roads in the district are covered in numerous coloured 'patchwork' of fixes that I'm ashamed to say that our roads are not even fit to be called modern roads.

The blame for this entire episode falls straight in the fat laps of city hall.

If the Tour de France organisers actually seen our roads and side streets they would have thought twice before risking the lives of riders in Yorkshire.

The council is a joke: joke bordering criminality!
Totally agree with the above comments. The repaired potholes and resurfacing is of an inferior standard and the council should recharge those repair crews who did this awful job in the first place. Once a pot hole is fixed it should not need fishing again every 6 months. Only reason it needs fixing again is because it was repaired wrongly using cheap fixes. Also our roads in the district are covered in numerous coloured 'patchwork' of fixes that I'm ashamed to say that our roads are not even fit to be called modern roads. The blame for this entire episode falls straight in the fat laps of city hall. If the Tour de France organisers actually seen our roads and side streets they would have thought twice before risking the lives of riders in Yorkshire. The council is a joke: joke bordering criminality! Not so simple
  • Score: 12

9:53am Thu 10 Apr 14

Mr Blondе says...

Can someone please find a different picture to use when Val Slater gets a mention?
The one used above is horrific.
Can someone please find a different picture to use when Val Slater gets a mention? The one used above is horrific. Mr Blondе
  • Score: 8

11:17am Thu 10 Apr 14

mr.bradford says...

lé tour de france?

more like lé tour de potholes
lé tour de france? more like lé tour de potholes mr.bradford
  • Score: 7

11:18am Thu 10 Apr 14

mr.bradford says...

lé tour de france?
more lke..
lé tour de potholes
lé tour de france? more lke.. lé tour de potholes mr.bradford
  • Score: 2

12:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 6

12:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Mr Blondе wrote:
Can someone please find a different picture to use when Val Slater gets a mention?
The one used above is horrific.
I did mention this not too long ago.

Unfortunately nothing's been done about it.

(like the potholes)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Blondе[/bold] wrote: Can someone please find a different picture to use when Val Slater gets a mention? The one used above is horrific.[/p][/quote]I did mention this not too long ago. Unfortunately nothing's been done about it. (like the potholes) The Hoffster
  • Score: 10

1:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

yezboss says...

Shameful efforts in the past, even where there has been resurfacing that has not been of any good standard, I have pointed this out on many occasions, it has been hard to get anything done, repeated requests falling on (or through) deaf ears, and even then the repair of that was poor. If anyone was working for a company and not BMDC they would be looking for another job. Maybe thats why a lot of our Highways Engineers (that term is used very loosly) work for BMDC as a responsible company would not even employ them.
Shameful efforts in the past, even where there has been resurfacing that has not been of any good standard, I have pointed this out on many occasions, it has been hard to get anything done, repeated requests falling on (or through) deaf ears, and even then the repair of that was poor. If anyone was working for a company and not BMDC they would be looking for another job. Maybe thats why a lot of our Highways Engineers (that term is used very loosly) work for BMDC as a responsible company would not even employ them. yezboss
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them? RollandSmoke
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
Lazy so and so's on the school run?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?[/p][/quote]Lazy so and so's on the school run? Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 4

5:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

tinytoonster says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?[/p][/quote]because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me! tinytoonster
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

tinytoonster wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me!
What the unemployed? Where are they going?
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?[/p][/quote]because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me![/p][/quote]What the unemployed? Where are they going? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

7:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

knox615 says...

Bradford's roads may be bad, but Leed's are no better, and their pothole 'repairs' are of very poor quality. There's a trough running across the road near me which needs repairing, they've sent someone out and they've filled the worst end, but left the rest! No doubt they'll send another crew out in 6 months time to do the other end. You couldn't make it up! There seems to be no quality control at all, roll on the local elections to try and get a change of administration.
Bradford's roads may be bad, but Leed's are no better, and their pothole 'repairs' are of very poor quality. There's a trough running across the road near me which needs repairing, they've sent someone out and they've filled the worst end, but left the rest! No doubt they'll send another crew out in 6 months time to do the other end. You couldn't make it up! There seems to be no quality control at all, roll on the local elections to try and get a change of administration. knox615
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

So we have had one of the mildest winters in memory, what if we had a very icy winter, which would have made the roads much worse, where wouldthe money come from then.
So we have had one of the mildest winters in memory, what if we had a very icy winter, which would have made the roads much worse, where wouldthe money come from then. alive and awake
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

johnhem says...

its not as if there are not enough people to do the repairs either.... I'm forever getting knocks on my door saying they can do my drive for £200, we just happen to have some spare tarmac to do it with. but best of all next year you can have plants growing though it so wins all round then.... what?..WHAT?
its not as if there are not enough people to do the repairs either.... I'm forever getting knocks on my door saying they can do my drive for £200, we just happen to have some spare tarmac to do it with. but best of all next year you can have plants growing though it so wins all round then.... what?..WHAT? johnhem
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me!
What the unemployed? Where are they going?
probably getting off their backsides and trying to improve their lot, have you tried doing that?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?[/p][/quote]because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me![/p][/quote]What the unemployed? Where are they going?[/p][/quote]probably getting off their backsides and trying to improve their lot, have you tried doing that? Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.
Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?
because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me!
What the unemployed? Where are they going?
probably getting off their backsides and trying to improve their lot, have you tried doing that?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Until City Hall does something about this we will clearly need an above average spend on road repairs every year. A one-off like this isn't going to have much of a long term effect.[/p][/quote]Why is that when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a vast number of those with jobs commute to Leeds every day to do them?[/p][/quote]because they use the roads to get there! oh my god sometimes your comments stun me![/p][/quote]What the unemployed? Where are they going?[/p][/quote]probably getting off their backsides and trying to improve their lot, have you tried doing that? Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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