Blackburn with Darwen road cash 'too little too late'

Potholes are one of the problems due to be targeted

Potholes are one of the problems due to be targeted

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

A GOVERNMENT cash boost for road repairs worth more than £2million to Lancashire county and Blackburn with Darwen councils has sparked a political row.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said it would make a real difference to drivers, but Labour politicians said the money was ‘too little too late’.

Lancashire county, responsible for roads in Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Ribble Valley and Chorley, will receive £2,279,110.

Blackburn with Darwen, in the middle of a £17.5 million four-year road network road recovery programme, gets £171,935.

Councils in the North West will receive £13.1 million out of a national £183.5 million pot confirmed in this Wednesday’s budget, After the wettest winter on record, the Department of Transport said the money would repair 3.3million potholes across the country.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to millions of road users, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

Lancashire county highways boss John Fillis said: “For the Government to propose that £140million for the entire country could even scratch the surface of the work that needs doing is completely out of touch with the reality on the ground.

“It is too little too late.”

Blackburn with Darwen finance chief Andy Kay said: “The money will be added to our Network Recovery Programme. The scale of that shows this extra cash is just a drop in the ocean.”

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9:49am Fri 21 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

Too little too late? Oh well, let's give them the money back then eh? No thought not....it can never be too late you imbecile!!!
Too little too late? Oh well, let's give them the money back then eh? No thought not....it can never be too late you imbecile!!! GracesDad
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10:52am Fri 21 Mar 14

Izanears says...

I would not mind if when they patched the holes they did a decent job. Watching the team working on my road some months ago I noticed that they did not even properly prepare the hole before filling it. They just put tarmac over the loose stones and an empty crisp bag and 'flattened' it with a spade. Needless to say that today the hole is in a worse state than it was before. I fully expect that they will have to come back and repair it.
I would not mind if when they patched the holes they did a decent job. Watching the team working on my road some months ago I noticed that they did not even properly prepare the hole before filling it. They just put tarmac over the loose stones and an empty crisp bag and 'flattened' it with a spade. Needless to say that today the hole is in a worse state than it was before. I fully expect that they will have to come back and repair it. Izanears
  • Score: 18

3:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Bat E Karen says...

They should use porridge. That stuff will stick to anything.
They should use porridge. That stuff will stick to anything. Bat E Karen
  • Score: -1

3:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Yes the past year has been exceptional-but have the councils spent the money given them by government for road repairs been spent over the past years-or used for something else?
Yes the past year has been exceptional-but have the councils spent the money given them by government for road repairs been spent over the past years-or used for something else? vicn1956
  • Score: 1

1:00am Sat 22 Mar 14

CapitaBackHander says...

I am currently wondering why certain roads that have needed urgent repairs (publics view) for three years are now at the end of the tax year getting repaired. A high class of bodge work as certainly not Tarmac doing it.
We all know that when Finland went bust certain councils had many millions in there, if a council is spending money now then it stinks of bad management.
I am currently wondering why certain roads that have needed urgent repairs (publics view) for three years are now at the end of the tax year getting repaired. A high class of bodge work as certainly not Tarmac doing it. We all know that when Finland went bust certain councils had many millions in there, if a council is spending money now then it stinks of bad management. CapitaBackHander
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10:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

tonyk74 says...

Can we not claim if we damage our car due to the potholes???
Can we not claim if we damage our car due to the potholes??? tonyk74
  • Score: 1

4:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

NotMark says...

Without giving away too much information and getting myself in trouble I would like to voice my opinion about the farce that is our local authority.

A company based in Blackburn manufactures a permanent pothole repair system that is guaranteed to outlast the road surface on which it is used. This company is so convinced about the quality of its product that it offered £1000 of its material absolutely free of charge. The material is not expensive and unlike the products currently used, it would not need replacing six months after it has been installed.

After two years (yes, two years) of being bounced from department to department, talking to local MPs and attending numerous meetings, the local authority finally agreed to collect the free material and trial it. They failed to show up (twice).

After three years dealing with our local authority I can assure you the red tape and ‘not my job’ culture has made the entire thing a complete shambles that throws tax payers money on filling potholes with poor workmanship and cheap material that does not last. There is no culture of improvement and change and if a privately owned company operated in such a manner it would be out of business in no time.
Without giving away too much information and getting myself in trouble I would like to voice my opinion about the farce that is our local authority. A company based in Blackburn manufactures a permanent pothole repair system that is guaranteed to outlast the road surface on which it is used. This company is so convinced about the quality of its product that it offered £1000 of its material absolutely free of charge. The material is not expensive and unlike the products currently used, it would not need replacing six months after it has been installed. After two years (yes, two years) of being bounced from department to department, talking to local MPs and attending numerous meetings, the local authority finally agreed to collect the free material and trial it. They failed to show up (twice). After three years dealing with our local authority I can assure you the red tape and ‘not my job’ culture has made the entire thing a complete shambles that throws tax payers money on filling potholes with poor workmanship and cheap material that does not last. There is no culture of improvement and change and if a privately owned company operated in such a manner it would be out of business in no time. NotMark
  • Score: 0

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