Conservatives give budget boost to tackle pot-holes

The budget for maintaining local roads in Bath and North East Somerset is planned to receive a significant boost, it has been announced.

Responding to local residents’ priority of tackling pot-holes and poor road surfaces, the Conservative Cabinet on B&NES Council has confirmed that it intends to increase the highway maintenance budget for local roads by over 35 per cent this financial year.

The announcement was made at a meeting of the B&NES Council Cabinet on Wednesday. Cllr Charles Gerrish (Con, Keynsham North), the Conservative Cabinet Member in charge of Highways, stated at the meeting that the structural maintenance and surface dressing budget is planned to increase to £2.45million this financial year, up from £1.8million the previous year.

The council is responsible for approximately 683 miles of road and last year filled over 4,000 pot-holes. Highways classified as trunk roads are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

Cllr Charles Gerrish (Con, Keynsham North) said:

“Tackling pot-holes and improving the condition of local roads is consistently one of the top concerns of local residents. This extra investment in highway maintenance will help to address this priority.

“With the council responsible for almost seven-hundred miles of road, highway maintenance is never an easy task. It is therefore vital that we ensure this important council service is properly resourced.”

Conservative Councillor Vic Clarke (Bathavon West) added:

“This is very welcome news for local residents, particularly following this year’s harsh winter which caused a lot of damage to local roads. Local Conservatives are committed to improving the front-line services residents receive from their council and giving highway maintenance a boost like this is something I have championed for some time.”