Posted: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s highways team met with the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Bim Afolami, on-site at a road resurfacing scheme in Salisbury Avenue in Harpenden, to show the ways in which the county council are tackling Hertfordshire’s pothole problem.
The MP was met by the county council’s Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Ralph Sangster, who said the counties pothole problem can’t be remedied with more quick-fix repairs, instead he highlighted issues surrounding funding and a need to do more proactive road resurfacing works as an alternative to temporary repairs which are less cost effective and more likely to require further repair.
Councillor Sangster, said, “This is just one of over 1,000 maintenance and improvement schemes scheduled to take place across Hertfordshire this financial year. We’ve increased the budget for highways this year and on top of that we’re investing £29m over four years to improve the unclassified road network – that’s the roads most of us live on as well as rural lanes. However, more funding is needed for these much needed road resurfacing projects.
“Just like other parts of the country, our roads were badly affected by the repeated periods of freezing weather this winter, leading to potholes forming at an unprecedented rate. We know that the state of the county’s roads really matters to our residents, and we share the view that well maintained roads and footpaths are important to everyone using them. We’ve repaired over 10,000 potholes already this year and this work programme, along with the regular repairs we do, will make a real difference to roads across the county.”
Bim Afolami, MP, said, “It’s great to see all the work that Hertfordshire County Council is doing to maintain the county’s roads. We know from our residents that road maintenance issues remain a key priority, with many people in the county relying on the roads network every day. Works such as these are vital if we want to keep the county moving and I will be supporting Hertfordshire County Council in their aim to get these much needed road resurfacing projects rolled out across the county.”
Do you know of a pothole in your area which needs attention? Report it to our highways maintenance team on the county council’s website by following this link https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Highways-roads-and-pavements/Report-a-problem/Report-a-street-light-or-pothole.aspx