Anger over City of York Council's road repair ‘secrecy’

York Press: . .

ROAD bosses have been accused of making secret decisions over which routes in York will be in line for repairs.

A provisional City of York Council resurfacing programme for 2014/15, obtained by the authority’s Liberal Democrat group, has shown £2.6 million is scheduled to be spent on 49 road and footpath maintenance schemes, with a final highways budget being confirmed in March.

The Lib Dems said this meant the Acomb, Fulford and Heworth Without wards would get no road improvements, with “very limited” work in Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, and criticised the list being discussed in private rather than at a public decision session, as in previous years.

The programme outlines £1.656 million for road repairs and £951,000 for footpaths in 2014/15.

Lib Dem leader and Fulford councillor Keith Aspden aid the list was “a slap in the face” from the Labour council for his ward.

He said roads and paths across the city had deteriorated through budget cuts, with a growing backlog of repairs.

He said: “More than 100 residents have signed my petition calling for improvements to Fulford Park, Cherry Wood Crescent and Eastward Avenue, but it seems their voice is being totally ignored.”

Heworth Without councillor Nigel Ayre said York’s roads were in “a shocking state” while money was “lavished” on city-centre projects like the King’s Square revamp.

He said his party would be lobbying for wards which may miss out to get more roads funding.

Andy Binner, the council’s head of highways, said York was in the top 25 per cent nationally for the condition of its roads, with an annual assessment helping to prioritise work for the year ahead.

He said the 2014/15 programme was currently provisional and would be approved at a public meeting in March, based on the same amount of council funding as in 2013/14.

Coun David Levene, cabinet member for environmental services, said funding for projects like King’s Square, from the council’s budget for capital schemes, was being “deliberately confused” with revenue spending on roads by the Lib Dems.

He said: “They try to divert money away from roads in a worse state in other wards and call that a fair deal – they are clearly more interested in scoring points than doing what’s best for the city and its residents.”

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9:27am Fri 13 Dec 13

Kevin Turvey says...

Obviously for this council its far too simple to actually just repair the roads that need it on an as and when basis.

They will have to hide behind strategy and investment plans thereby doing nothing practical to improve the appalling road surfaces that they are obliged to keep in a reasonable state of repair.
Avoidance tactics.
Obviously for this council its far too simple to actually just repair the roads that need it on an as and when basis. They will have to hide behind strategy and investment plans thereby doing nothing practical to improve the appalling road surfaces that they are obliged to keep in a reasonable state of repair. Avoidance tactics. Kevin Turvey

9:43am Fri 13 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

Hardly a "Secret" Report. It appears to be Officers draft proposals for the forthcoming financial year. This has to be produced in the timescale that it has, in order to be presented in a timely manner to a subsequent Council meeting, which will have public and media access and scrutiny.
Councillors may then debate the overall size of the road maintenance budget, and its geographical spending pattern.
Hardly a "Secret" Report. It appears to be Officers draft proposals for the forthcoming financial year. This has to be produced in the timescale that it has, in order to be presented in a timely manner to a subsequent Council meeting, which will have public and media access and scrutiny. Councillors may then debate the overall size of the road maintenance budget, and its geographical spending pattern. pedalling paul

9:54am Fri 13 Dec 13

The Grim Reaper says...

And how shocked are we that Goody Two Pedals has come our fighting for the Council?
And how shocked are we that Goody Two Pedals has come our fighting for the Council? The Grim Reaper

10:04am Fri 13 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

The roads around my area have been in a disgusting state since the prolonged snow a few years ago. No attempt has been made to rectify the problem and it seems all monies the council have available are spent on the ruination of Kings Square and the hideous new 'piazza' outside the Minster. All Pugsley Addams and his cronies at the council seem to care about is a bit of 'top show' in the city centre for the tourists, while the residents can go to hell. Being York born and bred I have seen some rubbish councils come and go, but the last two (remember the fiasco of the Lib Dems with the blustering Steve Galloway at the helm) have taken total incompetence to new levels.
The roads around my area have been in a disgusting state since the prolonged snow a few years ago. No attempt has been made to rectify the problem and it seems all monies the council have available are spent on the ruination of Kings Square and the hideous new 'piazza' outside the Minster. All Pugsley Addams and his cronies at the council seem to care about is a bit of 'top show' in the city centre for the tourists, while the residents can go to hell. Being York born and bred I have seen some rubbish councils come and go, but the last two (remember the fiasco of the Lib Dems with the blustering Steve Galloway at the helm) have taken total incompetence to new levels. Blythespirit

10:35am Fri 13 Dec 13

mjr119 says...

When the council goes to great lengths to recruit snow wardens, why doesn't it do the same for the roads?

Most of us use the same routes everyday and could tell the council the one or two specific areas that need addressing most urgently.

I cycle the length of Hull Road and Lawrence Street twice a day and I could identify two very dangerous sections of the road where small repairs would make the roads safer for everyone.

I bet for each the same could be said for every major route in the city and the job could be done in a fortnight.
When the council goes to great lengths to recruit snow wardens, why doesn't it do the same for the roads? Most of us use the same routes everyday and could tell the council the one or two specific areas that need addressing most urgently. I cycle the length of Hull Road and Lawrence Street twice a day and I could identify two very dangerous sections of the road where small repairs would make the roads safer for everyone. I bet for each the same could be said for every major route in the city and the job could be done in a fortnight. mjr119

11:55am Fri 13 Dec 13

BL2 says...

I make use of the following websites when I find a big or dangerous potholes:

http://www.fixmystre
et.com/
http://www.fillthath
ole.org.uk/

The first one is particulary useful - it logs your report and sends it to the council and also follows up with you if it has been fixed.

I suggest everyone starts using it and we'll see the reports build up!
I make use of the following websites when I find a big or dangerous potholes: http://www.fixmystre et.com/ http://www.fillthath ole.org.uk/ The first one is particulary useful - it logs your report and sends it to the council and also follows up with you if it has been fixed. I suggest everyone starts using it and we'll see the reports build up! BL2

12:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Guthred says...

I mean it should be quite easy. Simply plan ahead by listening to the public, surveying and common sense. Then produce a map on the CoYC website of the repairs decided and due to take place over the next 12 months. Simples. Other Councils do that, so why not York? We don't want to get the impression that there is some kind of funding apartheid going on do we?
I mean it should be quite easy. Simply plan ahead by listening to the public, surveying and common sense. Then produce a map on the CoYC website of the repairs decided and due to take place over the next 12 months. Simples. Other Councils do that, so why not York? We don't want to get the impression that there is some kind of funding apartheid going on do we? Guthred

1:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

maybejustmaybe says...

BL2 wrote:
I make use of the following websites when I find a big or dangerous potholes:

http://www.fixmystre

et.com/
http://www.fillthath

ole.org.uk/

The first one is particulary useful - it logs your report and sends it to the council and also follows up with you if it has been fixed.

I suggest everyone starts using it and we'll see the reports build up!
Just used fixmystreet to report a length of footpath breaking up on the corner of Grosvenor Terrace and Bootham. Maybe it will get resurfaced, maybe not.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: I make use of the following websites when I find a big or dangerous potholes: http://www.fixmystre et.com/ http://www.fillthath ole.org.uk/ The first one is particulary useful - it logs your report and sends it to the council and also follows up with you if it has been fixed. I suggest everyone starts using it and we'll see the reports build up![/p][/quote]Just used fixmystreet to report a length of footpath breaking up on the corner of Grosvenor Terrace and Bootham. Maybe it will get resurfaced, maybe not. maybejustmaybe

1:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

In an overhaul of street repairs, a few points. (!) Why on earth are private companies repairing roads at to the standards on "Toy Town", what on earth cant all Steet delivery companies (Gas, Electric, Water, Broadband all register works with the City Council so all work is carried out at the same time and the council complete be standard resurfacing the roads. (2) is theer just one street warden for the whole city. (3) I think if the "Whole Council" got off the backsides and did a practicle look at roads and have an Infant Child decide, we might get somewhere.
In an overhaul of street repairs, a few points. (!) Why on earth are private companies repairing roads at to the standards on "Toy Town", what on earth cant all Steet delivery companies (Gas, Electric, Water, Broadband all register works with the City Council so all work is carried out at the same time and the council complete be standard resurfacing the roads. (2) is theer just one street warden for the whole city. (3) I think if the "Whole Council" got off the backsides and did a practicle look at roads and have an Infant Child decide, we might get somewhere. Dave Ruddock

3:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Kevin Turvey says...

‘Dave Ruddock says...
what on earth cant all Steet delivery companies (Gas, Electric, Water, Broadband all register works with the City Council so all work is carried out at the same time and the council complete be standard resurfacing the roads. ‘

The ironic thing is that’s exactly what the ‘New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991’ was meant to achieve, in reality it just introduced costs to contractors to be paid to the council.

http://www.legislati
on.gov.uk/ukpga/1991
/22/contents

So no change there!
‘Dave Ruddock says... what on earth cant all Steet delivery companies (Gas, Electric, Water, Broadband all register works with the City Council so all work is carried out at the same time and the council complete be standard resurfacing the roads. ‘ The ironic thing is that’s exactly what the ‘New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991’ was meant to achieve, in reality it just introduced costs to contractors to be paid to the council. http://www.legislati on.gov.uk/ukpga/1991 /22/contents So no change there! Kevin Turvey

3:41pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

Those using web based reporting sites ("Fix that hole", "My Council", "Fix my street" etc) should beware.

Apparently the York Council has lost a lot of these reports because of software interface problems.

Also users don't get any feedback from the Council so they have no idea whether the report has been received and - equally important - what, if anything, is being done about the issue.
Those using web based reporting sites ("Fix that hole", "My Council", "Fix my street" etc) should beware. Apparently the York Council has lost a lot of these reports because of software interface problems. Also users don't get any feedback from the Council so they have no idea whether the report has been received and - equally important - what, if anything, is being done about the issue. Oaklands Resident

3:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

It wouldn't be too difficult for the Council to make available on its web site a list of roads and footpaths in the City and the latest "grading" given to each by Highways Inspectors.

All highways are inspected annually.

At least then residents would know where their street is in the queue!
It wouldn't be too difficult for the Council to make available on its web site a list of roads and footpaths in the City and the latest "grading" given to each by Highways Inspectors. All highways are inspected annually. At least then residents would know where their street is in the queue! Oaklands Resident

11:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mike.......durkin says...

its been left to long naw thay shud keep on top of it all....
but naw its going to cost more naw to get it all fix and done mellrose gate been dug up the 2 time and the road is left bumpy
its been left to long naw thay shud keep on top of it all.... but naw its going to cost more naw to get it all fix and done mellrose gate been dug up the 2 time and the road is left bumpy mike.......durkin

3:12am Sat 14 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

So Heworth will apparently have no work done at all... have they even BEEN through Heworth, along Heworth Village itself for example? the road outside the dental surgery is practically ploughed.

I have to say that in the last 2-3 years I have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of expensive top-end supercars that are driven around York - and is it any wonder, they wouldn't last 5 minutes on our roads, one pothole and the front bumper would come straight off, then take it over one of the plastic speed pod bumps and it'd damage the suspension...

Oh but look at the lovely Minster Plazza and its permissive setup which directs pedestrians into the path of moving vehicles.
So Heworth will apparently have no work done at all... have they even BEEN through Heworth, along Heworth Village itself for example? the road outside the dental surgery is practically ploughed. I have to say that in the last 2-3 years I have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of expensive top-end supercars that are driven around York - and is it any wonder, they wouldn't last 5 minutes on our roads, one pothole and the front bumper would come straight off, then take it over one of the plastic speed pod bumps and it'd damage the suspension... Oh but look at the lovely Minster Plazza and its permissive setup which directs pedestrians into the path of moving vehicles. Magicman!

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