Blackburn potholes repairs: Timetable defended

Blackburn potholes repairs: Timetable defended

Blackburn potholes repairs: Timetable defended

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

BLACKBURN'S environment boss has defended the list of 45 potholed roads being repaired in the next stage of a resurfacing programme.

Coun Jim Smith was asked how the priority schedule was drawn up at the council’s executive board meeting authorising the £1.1 million spending across 14 wards in Blackburn and Darwen.

Tory group leader Mike Lee wanted to know why Beardwood, a major road and bus route in his ward, had been missed off the list.

He intervened as the board approved proposals for the second 12 months of the £17.5million four-year Network Recovery programme, using the latest road treatments.

A further programme using the remaining £1.4 million will be drawn up later this year.

Beardwood with Lammack’s Coun Lee highlighted his concerns and those of Sudell Liberal Democrat Roy Davies over the omission of Powell Street.

He said: “Who did this and decided which roads were included?

“The last full highway survey was done in 2012 and the latest one has not been completed. Why did you not use the one you already have?”

Coun Smith replied: “Officers went out and looked at the state of the roads. I checked them.

“We did not do this willy-nilly.

“If we had done, there would have been more roads resurfaced in my Mill Hill ward. Coun Davies did not do his research. The repair to Powell Street is coming out of a different pot of money.”

Borough leader Kate Hollern said: “The important thing is we have a proper resurfacing scheme right across the borough.

“Beardwood will be included later in a four-year programme.

“We can’t do them all at once.”

The aim is that, by 2017, the 100-mile backlog of highway repairs will have been dealt with and the 350-mile network will be fit for another 20 years.

Engineers hope that the situation, where an average of 1,000 potholes considered a safety risk are repaired at a cost of £50,000 every month, leaving hundreds of others untreated, will be ended.

Darwen Whitehall Liberal Democrat Coun David Foster welcomed the announcement that potholes in his ward would be fixed.

He said: “We have been campaigning for these roads to be sorted out for a long time now so it is great they are being repaired.”

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6:46pm Tue 20 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

Nineteen years safe seat councillor Kate Hollern and New Labour run Blackburn with Darwen Council leader is to begin her pothole fill-in scheme. About time too!

She will regain her nineteen years safe seat for Wensley Fold Blackburn before looking forwards to replacing Jack Straw from his thirty odd years safe seat MP for Blackburn next year. That’s what happens when you have a safe seat political regime. Just look at the state of Blackburn now!

Get one hole filled then move into another!
Nineteen years safe seat councillor Kate Hollern and New Labour run Blackburn with Darwen Council leader is to begin her pothole fill-in scheme. About time too! She will regain her nineteen years safe seat for Wensley Fold Blackburn before looking forwards to replacing Jack Straw from his thirty odd years safe seat MP for Blackburn next year. That’s what happens when you have a safe seat political regime. Just look at the state of Blackburn now! Get one hole filled then move into another! abetterblackburn
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11:44am Thu 22 May 14

onlyonesimongarner says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Nineteen years safe seat councillor Kate Hollern and New Labour run Blackburn with Darwen Council leader is to begin her pothole fill-in scheme. About time too!

She will regain her nineteen years safe seat for Wensley Fold Blackburn before looking forwards to replacing Jack Straw from his thirty odd years safe seat MP for Blackburn next year. That’s what happens when you have a safe seat political regime. Just look at the state of Blackburn now!

Get one hole filled then move into another!
Blackburn is no better or no worse than many other northern labour boroughs , Hoverever There is a lot of improvement going on in the town that the moaners on here never seem to mention. but yes a lot needs fixing and there is only limited ammoun of cash to do it. . Maybe you ought to consider a move to a southern Tory run borough where there is plenty of central goverment funding to keep the road flat and the flowers in bloom.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Nineteen years safe seat councillor Kate Hollern and New Labour run Blackburn with Darwen Council leader is to begin her pothole fill-in scheme. About time too! She will regain her nineteen years safe seat for Wensley Fold Blackburn before looking forwards to replacing Jack Straw from his thirty odd years safe seat MP for Blackburn next year. That’s what happens when you have a safe seat political regime. Just look at the state of Blackburn now! Get one hole filled then move into another![/p][/quote]Blackburn is no better or no worse than many other northern labour boroughs , Hoverever There is a lot of improvement going on in the town that the moaners on here never seem to mention. but yes a lot needs fixing and there is only limited ammoun of cash to do it. . Maybe you ought to consider a move to a southern Tory run borough where there is plenty of central goverment funding to keep the road flat and the flowers in bloom. onlyonesimongarner
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5:27pm Thu 22 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

Having always voted Labour all of my life up until realising that the original Labour Party ceased being shortly after Tony Blair took control. Now there are two political party evils. The Conservative Party and New Labour. Not much to choose between the two. I consider New Labour to be no more than what was left after Tony Blair went off to make his further fortunes. The present lot are pretending to be Labour but were there steadfast with Tony Blair. They still have his dog muck on the soles of their feet. Jack Straw particularly so for his support of Tony Blair’s Iraq disaster.

So what’s new with New Labour?

Blackburn’s main problem is that it was once an industrial town and quite rightly the folk in that area remember when times were really bad. They would rather eat sawdust than vote for the enemy. No matter how poor their own chosen political party is looking after them now. That is the outcome with having safe seats. Not sure how that situation can be overcome but that is the reason that within certain areas the same person is guaranteed success no matter how poorly their work is done.

The remedy of course would be to have a credible opposition party!

As for Wensley Fold. Just have a guess who will be the winner in that safe seat once again?
Having always voted Labour all of my life up until realising that the original Labour Party ceased being shortly after Tony Blair took control. Now there are two political party evils. The Conservative Party and New Labour. Not much to choose between the two. I consider New Labour to be no more than what was left after Tony Blair went off to make his further fortunes. The present lot are pretending to be Labour but were there steadfast with Tony Blair. They still have his dog muck on the soles of their feet. Jack Straw particularly so for his support of Tony Blair’s Iraq disaster. So what’s new with New Labour? Blackburn’s main problem is that it was once an industrial town and quite rightly the folk in that area remember when times were really bad. They would rather eat sawdust than vote for the enemy. No matter how poor their own chosen political party is looking after them now. That is the outcome with having safe seats. Not sure how that situation can be overcome but that is the reason that within certain areas the same person is guaranteed success no matter how poorly their work is done. The remedy of course would be to have a credible opposition party! As for Wensley Fold. Just have a guess who will be the winner in that safe seat once again? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 5

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