Pothole issues

Pothole issues

Pothole issues

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PETER ROBERTS recently outlined why filling potholes can sometimes provide low value for money as the material used to fill potholes then often needs replacing again (Pothole fiasco, April 17).

He is right and it is an argument that has been used nationally by local government to explain to central Government why large scale road investment is needed.

Some will be surprised, but we spend more on roads in York than almost anywhere else in Yorkshire and we still do not commit the investment needed.

This is because we have 45 per cent less funding from Government and there is increased demand and cost for elderly care.

However, to help boost the quality of our roads, Labour recently announced £2 million towards road repairs in York.

This will include full resurfacing which lasts longer than replaced potholes. This will not resolve all of York’s pothole issues, but it will help.

Coun James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council.

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2:48pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Jalymo says...

Be careful James, blaming the cost of caring for our elderly, for your lack of funds is unacceptable. YOU have WASTED so much money with your ridiculous and unwarranted projects, that front line services were bound to suffer. The Labour Party left The Treasury empty, even leaving a note to say so. You seem determined to so the same with York's coffers. In these stretched times, paving stones, bridge fiascos, speed limit signs, bicycle races, etc. YOU have prioritised these things over the care of our elderly. Shame on you.
Be careful James, blaming the cost of caring for our elderly, for your lack of funds is unacceptable. YOU have WASTED so much money with your ridiculous and unwarranted projects, that front line services were bound to suffer. The Labour Party left The Treasury empty, even leaving a note to say so. You seem determined to so the same with York's coffers. In these stretched times, paving stones, bridge fiascos, speed limit signs, bicycle races, etc. YOU have prioritised these things over the care of our elderly. Shame on you. Jalymo
  • Score: -62

6:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

I second the above comment.
I second the above comment. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -69

2:12am Sun 8 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

I cannot fully agree with this letter... within the last year my street has had potholes 'fixed' twice.

The first time the workers came along, they had a JCB with a planer on the front - this proceeded to cut away the top layer of road surface around the pothole in order to take away all loose materials from anywhere near the hole so that the fault would not reopen later, and made a neat rectangle in the process. Then the rectangle was filled with hot-lay tarmac that was properly flattened.

The second time the workers came along the fill in a new series of potholes, there was NO JCB at all, and no hot-lay tarmac either. Instead they had a broom, a wheelbarrow of coldlay instant macadam, and the compactor... the loose gravel inside the pothole was brushed out, the coldlay macadam poured in, and flattened to vaguely resemble a smooth surface... now I can see examples of both times the potholes were filled, and by far the first time round was a massively better quality job. And we're only talking about 6 months ago. And it's not like this road is now pothole-free, because the surveyors came along the road and only marked out about 6 holes out of 20 - the rest were 'not big enough'...

.. so James, why not tell us all why those other holes were not marked to be filled? do you have a magic tarmac leprechaun that comes along and pours tarmac from his pot (which used to contain gold, but he had to sell it because of the recession) to fill the holes the council can't be bothered to fill?? Because all I can see is these holes getting bigger, so when the surveyors come back round again in a few months, they will need 2, 3 or even 4 times more tarmac to fill the hole than if it had been filed in the first place. "A stitch in time saves nine", so the old proverb goes.

All this council seems to be focused on is things within the city centre where the tousists are... the Minster Plazza being rebuilt from a perfectly fine road into a melting pot where pedestrians are pretty much throwing themselves into the paths of cycles because there's no proper delineation designed in to show people it's a traffic route; Kings Square being redone, but expanding across into the road and also the neighbouring streets being altered to create a hightened road surface level that matches the new level of Kings Square (and interestingly THOSE roads have a nice smooth pothole-free surface); the area outside the West Offices and hotel which was repaved at the cost of a bus stop, but the road areas not resurfaced properly so the contractors had to come back and do it again...
I cannot fully agree with this letter... within the last year my street has had potholes 'fixed' twice. The first time the workers came along, they had a JCB with a planer on the front - this proceeded to cut away the top layer of road surface around the pothole in order to take away all loose materials from anywhere near the hole so that the fault would not reopen later, and made a neat rectangle in the process. Then the rectangle was filled with hot-lay tarmac that was properly flattened. The second time the workers came along the fill in a new series of potholes, there was NO JCB at all, and no hot-lay tarmac either. Instead they had a broom, a wheelbarrow of coldlay instant macadam, and the compactor... the loose gravel inside the pothole was brushed out, the coldlay macadam poured in, and flattened to vaguely resemble a smooth surface... now I can see examples of both times the potholes were filled, and by far the first time round was a massively better quality job. And we're only talking about 6 months ago. And it's not like this road is now pothole-free, because the surveyors came along the road and only marked out about 6 holes out of 20 - the rest were 'not big enough'... .. so James, why not tell us all why those other holes were not marked to be filled? do you have a magic tarmac leprechaun that comes along and pours tarmac from his pot (which used to contain gold, but he had to sell it because of the recession) to fill the holes the council can't be bothered to fill?? Because all I can see is these holes getting bigger, so when the surveyors come back round again in a few months, they will need 2, 3 or even 4 times more tarmac to fill the hole than if it had been filed in the first place. "A stitch in time saves nine", so the old proverb goes. All this council seems to be focused on is things within the city centre where the tousists are... the Minster Plazza being rebuilt from a perfectly fine road into a melting pot where pedestrians are pretty much throwing themselves into the paths of cycles because there's no proper delineation designed in to show people it's a traffic route; Kings Square being redone, but expanding across into the road and also the neighbouring streets being altered to create a hightened road surface level that matches the new level of Kings Square (and interestingly THOSE roads have a nice smooth pothole-free surface); the area outside the West Offices and hotel which was repaved at the cost of a bus stop, but the road areas not resurfaced properly so the contractors had to come back and do it again... Magicman!
  • Score: -8

2:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

strangebuttrue? says...

No James it does not come as a surprise that you spend a lot of money on roads. Your main expenditure appears to revolve around putting as many obstacles in the way as you can to prevent traffic moving creating the illusion of increased volume and the reality of increased congestion and pollution.
No James it does not come as a surprise that you spend a lot of money on roads. Your main expenditure appears to revolve around putting as many obstacles in the way as you can to prevent traffic moving creating the illusion of increased volume and the reality of increased congestion and pollution. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -34

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