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Monday, 04 June 2018 07:50

Potholes in Surrey

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The state of the roads is frustrating many local residents who contact Spelthorne by the hundreds by phone, email, social media and even visiting the Council. However, it is Surrey County Council who are responsible for the upkeep of our roads and pavements, not Spelthorne Borough Council.

A petition has been set up to ask the government to debate Surrey's pothole issues in the Houses of Parliament. The online petition asks the government to reform its funding formula which decides how much cash should be given for road repairs. Surrey County Council says the method for calculating the amount penalises the County because it is calculated on the length of a road and not the volume of traffic. Visit https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/217930 to sign the petition.

To find out more about Surrey's pothole plans or to report a pothole, click here

2 comments

  • Comment Link Local Resident Monday, 02 July 2018 15:29 posted by Local Resident

    After hearing an interview on Radio4 with a council contractor, they said that when the work was done by the council, the potholes were identified and addressed taking into account any nearby ones that could be repaired efficiently at the same time to make the most of the workmen's visit.
    The speaker said that now, the potholes were identified by the council and specifically pothole by pothole requested to the contractor, the number of potholes repaired per visit had become reduced, highly inefficient and therefore expensive because the contractor would only fix the potholes specifically requested.
    As much as they would like to, the contractor could not fix the other potholed identified during the repair visits.
    The contractor said this was highly inefficient and the contract should be taken back in house by the council or fully allocated to a contractor so the planning and fixing could be more efficiently managed and the visits made more efficient. As it was the council were wasting money using this poorly conceived 'half measures' approach making it many time more expensive for the public and highly time consuming not to mention disruptive to traffic as a consequence.

  • Comment Link Michael Meredith Friday, 29 June 2018 16:37 posted by Michael Meredith

    This is not just a Surrey issue, it's a nationwide issue. The Roads (minor, main and motorways) are a national disgrace. My journey from Surrey, M40, M52, Whitchurch Road to Chester, up to the lakes, back via chester and Shropshire was a disgrace. We need a plan!!

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