Deadline set for Dorset County Council to spend £5.8m pothole repair cash

Bournemouth Echo: Deadline set for Dorset County Council to spend £5.8m pothole repair cash Deadline set for Dorset County Council to spend £5.8m pothole repair cash

MILLIONS of pounds have been earmarked to repair roads ravaged by winter storms in Dorset.

But the county council has just weeks to spend the cash and has not yet informed road users where the work will be carried out.

It has received £5.8 million from the government’s emergency fund, which must be spent before the school summer holidays begin.

Head of Highways Andrew Martin said: “The Government want us to use this emergency fund by the summer holidays. This may mean that we only have a short-time to inform local residents that this is happening in their area – so please be patient, we will do our best to keep people up-to-date.”

He said the council is continually monitoring the county’s roads, checking for potholes and other defects, and the information is used to plan the maintenance schedule.

He added: “It has been a complicated process, prioritising roads and then planning the route of the teams to use the Government’s money in the best way possible.

“We are repairing long sections of A and B roads, together with shorter, trickier C and D roads. The lower class roads are strategically important for Dorset, but they often give us difficult logistic problems with the size of the machinery that we use.”

He said signs will be put up to inform road users when work will be carried out and that temporary speed restrictions may be introduced in some areas.

Cllr Peter Finney, Cabinet member for environment and economy, said: “It’s important for us to maintain Dorset roads for the benefit of the economy. The tight deadline the Government has given us means that we have to work quickly to take advantage of this fund.

“As always I would caution drivers to adapt their driving to the conditions of the road and take care on roads that have deteriorated.”

Cllr Finney said the council will continue to press for more money to address the condition of the county’s roads.

Keep up-to-date with the latest roadworks and traffic news at www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset or on twitter @traveldorset.

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10:36am Wed 7 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Why the hell have a time limit, and if so, why so soon to expire? Perhaps Dave doesn't want the councils to actually spend it? If there's £5.8M to be spent, it should be spent wisely, not in a mad rush in case it is lost!
Why the hell have a time limit, and if so, why so soon to expire? Perhaps Dave doesn't want the councils to actually spend it? If there's £5.8M to be spent, it should be spent wisely, not in a mad rush in case it is lost! speedy231278
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10:40am Wed 7 May 14

Ophilum says...

What are they waiting for There are plenty to fill, they put up signs now to cover there backs saying that this road is under permanent Pot hole repairs . VOTE UKIP the rest are utter useless morons.
What are they waiting for There are plenty to fill, they put up signs now to cover there backs saying that this road is under permanent Pot hole repairs . VOTE UKIP the rest are utter useless morons. Ophilum
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11:11am Wed 7 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

What a waste of time and money making botched repairs. A pot hole around the corner from me was repaired only 2 months ago and its already breaking up, I could have made a better repair with rice pudding!!!
What a waste of time and money making botched repairs. A pot hole around the corner from me was repaired only 2 months ago and its already breaking up, I could have made a better repair with rice pudding!!! BarrHumbug
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4:39pm Wed 7 May 14

tbpoole says...

Ophilum wrote:
What are they waiting for There are plenty to fill, they put up signs now to cover there backs saying that this road is under permanent Pot hole repairs . VOTE UKIP the rest are utter useless morons.
I wasn't aware UKIP had a policy on pothole repairs........
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: What are they waiting for There are plenty to fill, they put up signs now to cover there backs saying that this road is under permanent Pot hole repairs . VOTE UKIP the rest are utter useless morons.[/p][/quote]I wasn't aware UKIP had a policy on pothole repairs........ tbpoole
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5:14pm Wed 7 May 14

Peroni says...

The state of the roads is not all from winters bad weather,it's from years of neglect and poor materials and poor work.
I just came back fro Morocco,and was quite surprised some of the roads were ten times better than roads in my area.
Councils should be ashamed and also the Government for the country's shoddy roads .
The state of the roads is not all from winters bad weather,it's from years of neglect and poor materials and poor work. I just came back fro Morocco,and was quite surprised some of the roads were ten times better than roads in my area. Councils should be ashamed and also the Government for the country's shoddy roads . Peroni
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