926 more potholes in York

926 more potholes in York

926 more potholes in York

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THE number of potholes in York rose by nearly 1,000 last year, at the same time as council bosses slashed spending on road resurfacing.

In 2012/13, City of York Council identified 2,492 potholes, up from 1,566 the year before. Over the same period, the council cuts its resurfacing expense from £2.13 million to £1.57 million.

Keith Aspden, leader of the council's Liberal Democrats, said: “Labour have cut the budget for road maintenance every year and as a result potholes have increased every year.

“Whilst money has been found for city-centre vanity projects like King’s Square frontline services like road repairs have suffered.

“Unfortunately last month Labour rejected Lib Dem calls to put an extra £385,000 into fixing potholes every year.”

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for road safety charity Brake, said: “It is important that road surfaces are kept in safe condition. Potholes can contribute to devastating crashes that end and ruin lives.

“Investing in safety-critical road repairs pays for itself in the long run, as it helps prevent the huge cost to society of a serious crash."

North Yorkshire County Council came under fire last week for failing to repair road damage which led to the death of a cyclist taking part in a charity ride in the county.

Martyn Uzzell, 51, from Somerset, was killed instantly after being thrown into the path of a vehicle after riding into one of the holes on the A65 Settle Bypass at Giggleswick in June 2011.

Andy Binner, the city council's head of highways, said the council checked roads every year in line with national guidelines and took the safety of all road users very seriously.

He added: “York has experienced some of the worst winter and wet weather conditions in 30-years which has seen an increase in the number of damaged footpaths and roads.

“The council takes every step necessary to ensure problem areas are indentified and repairs are carried out as quickly as possible so minimal delays occur.”

David Levene, cabinet member for environmental services, said Government figures showed York’s road network to be the best in the Yorkshire and one of the best in England.

He added: “When Labour was elected to lead the council we increased the road repair budget and the local Conservative-Liberal Democrat opposition voted against this.

“In the recent budget, we increased funding to roads and footpaths by £2.3 million."

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10:18am Wed 12 Mar 14

sniper 9964 says...

What did they make on lendal bridge and coppergate ? Why not use some of that to pay for the damaged roads. I suffer the most I expect as I ride a bike and hitting a pot hole or cracked rd at 30mph really rattles my bones
What did they make on lendal bridge and coppergate ? Why not use some of that to pay for the damaged roads. I suffer the most I expect as I ride a bike and hitting a pot hole or cracked rd at 30mph really rattles my bones sniper 9964
  • Score: -49

10:32am Wed 12 Mar 14

Exlabourmember says...

“In the recent budget, we increased funding to roads and footpaths by £2.3 million."

After years of cutting a one off sap to allow for stupid sound bites like this.

More time talking to and representing residents and less time studying PR bibles for these career politicians me thinks
“In the recent budget, we increased funding to roads and footpaths by £2.3 million." After years of cutting a one off sap to allow for stupid sound bites like this. More time talking to and representing residents and less time studying PR bibles for these career politicians me thinks Exlabourmember
  • Score: -45

10:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

BL2 says...

I expect there are thousands more that have not been identified too! It needs more than just temporary repairs, the roads need building up to a decent standard instead of rubbish quick fixes that fail again in a year or two!
I expect there are thousands more that have not been identified too! It needs more than just temporary repairs, the roads need building up to a decent standard instead of rubbish quick fixes that fail again in a year or two! BL2
  • Score: -2

10:45am Wed 12 Mar 14

tricky1992000 says...

Pot holes are worse for cyclists, there is one that posts on there that delights in telling people that road tax isn't road tax it's an emissions tax.
Pot holes are worse for cyclists, there is one that posts on there that delights in telling people that road tax isn't road tax it's an emissions tax. tricky1992000
  • Score: 5

11:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

notmyrealname says...

Time to count them but no resources to fill em in !!
Time to count them but no resources to fill em in !! notmyrealname
  • Score: 2

11:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

nowthen says...

4,000 In Blackburn Lancashire.
4,000 In Blackburn Lancashire. nowthen
  • Score: 10

11:42am Wed 12 Mar 14

Major Bloodnok says...

We could always fill them with Mr Alexander's doodles.
We could always fill them with Mr Alexander's doodles. Major Bloodnok
  • Score: -4

11:48am Wed 12 Mar 14

York2000 says...

Christ, this website has become a mini Daily Mail.
Christ, this website has become a mini Daily Mail. York2000
  • Score: 14

11:48am Wed 12 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Worst winter conditions in 30 years"? It's been very windy but rainfall was average and there's been a surprising lack of ice and frost. And no snow whatsoever - so what's he on about?

It can't be the weather that has caused the "increase in damaged roads and footpaths" so what is it? Surely it can't be to do with the council not doing its job?
"Worst winter conditions in 30 years"? It's been very windy but rainfall was average and there's been a surprising lack of ice and frost. And no snow whatsoever - so what's he on about? It can't be the weather that has caused the "increase in damaged roads and footpaths" so what is it? Surely it can't be to do with the council not doing its job? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 10

11:52am Wed 12 Mar 14

LibDem says...

What do some Labour spokespeople still resort to half truths to try to justify their policies?

Responses to Freedom of information requests have confirmed that Labour reduced highways resurfacing funding levels by 37% in their first budget.

They continued the cut into 13/14.

Investment will only return to the levels that Labour inherited in 2011, during the forthcoming financial year.

In total it is estimated that the City will now need to spend £32 million to bring its roads and footpaths back into a safe condition.

http://tinyurl.com/Y
ork-Rep
What do some Labour spokespeople still resort to half truths to try to justify their policies? Responses to Freedom of information requests have confirmed that Labour reduced highways resurfacing funding levels by 37% in their first budget. They continued the cut into 13/14. Investment will only return to the levels that Labour inherited in 2011, during the forthcoming financial year. In total it is estimated that the City will now need to spend £32 million to bring its roads and footpaths back into a safe condition. http://tinyurl.com/Y ork-Rep LibDem
  • Score: 3

11:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

twoleftfeet says...

York2000 wrote:
Christ, this website has become a mini Daily Mail.
Very true. It's the Yorkshire version of the DM.......
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Christ, this website has become a mini Daily Mail.[/p][/quote]Very true. It's the Yorkshire version of the DM....... twoleftfeet
  • Score: 17

11:53am Wed 12 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

unconfirmed reports have suggested that 623 of these pot holes are caused by 20mph signs being kicked over.
unconfirmed reports have suggested that 623 of these pot holes are caused by 20mph signs being kicked over. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 6

12:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Buses cause huge amounts of wear and tear on roads.
Buses cause huge amounts of wear and tear on roads. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 11

12:45pm Wed 12 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Why don't they get the homeless and dole people to fill them?
Why don't they get the homeless and dole people to fill them? YorkPatrol
  • Score: -10

12:52pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Meldrew2 says...

Mildest winter for years and average rainfall in York. That excuse won't wear sir!
Mildest winter for years and average rainfall in York. That excuse won't wear sir! Meldrew2
  • Score: -2

2:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Buses cause huge amounts of wear and tear on roads.
So do the damned great HGV's that are now permitted by EEC legislation. They are a prime cause of damage to buried services as well.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Buses cause huge amounts of wear and tear on roads.[/p][/quote]So do the damned great HGV's that are now permitted by EEC legislation. They are a prime cause of damage to buried services as well. pedalling paul
  • Score: 15

3:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

Its ok, If my car suspension cracks or fails due to hitting a pot hole I will simply claim it back of the council. If I should be riding my bike over a pothole and I come off my bike Ill put in a claim. And as for those STUPID speed bumps they keep putting in place........ for gods sake give it a rest. Us speed abiding citizens are getting penalized for the sake of speeders. You have these huge rubber speed bumps in the road, placed in a 30mph zone, I wouldn't drive over them at 10mph let alone 30mph. If you want to stop the REAL speeders put up bloody speed camera so we don't all have to have crippled suspension, ball joints, lop sided tracking and cracked tyre's. But then again, if you can't even maintain pot holes, your hardly going to maintain speed bumps with pot holes in them (the groves is a fine example)
Its ok, If my car suspension cracks or fails due to hitting a pot hole I will simply claim it back of the council. If I should be riding my bike over a pothole and I come off my bike Ill put in a claim. And as for those STUPID speed bumps they keep putting in place........ for gods sake give it a rest. Us speed abiding citizens are getting penalized for the sake of speeders. You have these huge rubber speed bumps in the road, placed in a 30mph zone, I wouldn't drive over them at 10mph let alone 30mph. If you want to stop the REAL speeders put up bloody speed camera so we don't all have to have crippled suspension, ball joints, lop sided tracking and cracked tyre's. But then again, if you can't even maintain pot holes, your hardly going to maintain speed bumps with pot holes in them (the groves is a fine example) pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
  • Score: -2

4:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

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

i had 2 new suspension and exhorst holder snapt off the the shock from the pot hol it cost me over £585 that shud kepp on top of it .then the cost wont be that bad....so get it fix.
i had 2 new suspension and exhorst holder snapt off the the shock from the pot hol it cost me over £585 that shud kepp on top of it .then the cost wont be that bad....so get it fix. mike.......durkin
  • Score: -2

5:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Caecilius says...

tricky1992000 wrote:
Pot holes are worse for cyclists, there is one that posts on there that delights in telling people that road tax isn't road tax it's an emissions tax.
And HM Government, which imposes the tax, agrees with him:

https://www.gov.uk/c
alculate-vehicle-tax
-rates

"Car vehicle tax rates are based on either engine size or fuel type and CO2 emissions, depending on when the vehicle was registered."
[quote][p][bold]tricky1992000[/bold] wrote: Pot holes are worse for cyclists, there is one that posts on there that delights in telling people that road tax isn't road tax it's an emissions tax.[/p][/quote]And HM Government, which imposes the tax, agrees with him: https://www.gov.uk/c alculate-vehicle-tax -rates "Car vehicle tax rates are based on either engine size or fuel type and CO2 emissions, depending on when the vehicle was registered." Caecilius
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

aitch11 says...

“York has experienced some of the worst winter and wet weather conditions in 30-years which has seen an increase in the number of damaged footpaths and roads!. LMFAO, Idiot!!
“York has experienced some of the worst winter and wet weather conditions in 30-years which has seen an increase in the number of damaged footpaths and roads!. LMFAO, Idiot!! aitch11
  • Score: 1

3:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Andy Binner..... added: “York has experienced some of the worst winter and wet weather conditions in 30-years which has seen an increase in the number of damaged footpaths and roads.

Which 'York' is he referring to? because it certainly isn't this one! We've gotten off really lightly this winter, with average rainfalls and not even one period of freezing weather. We have a pond, and it hasn't frozen over once for the whole duration of this winter. Every year the potholes issue comes up, and every year some random from the council states "ooh we've had a terrible winter and that's why there's a problem" - last year yes then that line held some water, but this year there's no water being held.

It would help if roads were resurfaced properly - planing the entire road and then using a proper tarmac surface as opposed to just coating the existing flawed road surface with glorified driveway gravel, the poor mans road surface. And where a road has several potholes within 5 or 6 meters, just resurface that entire section rather than spot-fill, this also applies if there are potholes and previous spot-fills within that same area... because the spot-fills do not get sealed with bitumen, the edges wear away with 4 months and then each pothole that is spot-filled then breeds 3 or 4 new potholes and then the problem is worse than before - just look at Field Lane in Heslington beside the church to see that as an example.
Then you get the "that'll do brigade", the old worker jonny's that just do the job to get it done and that's it - a little while ago a trench was dug in New Lane (huntington) for a power cable, it was filled but the fill level was about 4cm above the road level which then led to quite a bump in the road... a current example though of a shoddy finish can be felt if you cycle along the cycle route from the university through the army barracks in fulford to the millennium bridge - I've cycled along gravel tracks that are more smooth than that bit of new road surface! And along Hospital Fields Road itself, you would have thought the contractors would have used a road roller to flatten out the new tarmac in bulk - but instead it feels as thoughy they just stomped it flat with their boots!... and then there's Geldof Road in Huntington - it's been resurfaced with the same material as was used with East Parade in Heworth, half tarmac and half glorified gravel... the problem with both here and East Parade is that the road level is now different to that of the manhole covers, leading to a significant bump down for any vehicle that goes onto the cover (leading to discomfort for the person on/in the vehicle in addition to extra noise/vibration to residents living in houses that overlook the manhole cover) - additionally with Geldof Road, the road was resurfaced over a week ago and yet there are still no road markings; the road surface covers over the existing speed bumps (one of which is right on the threshold of what is a legal height and what is too high) and there's no markings so at night the bumps come as a complete suprise., which could be dangerous.

And then we have the surveyors that go around and monitor the roads.... last year Anthea Drive in Huntington got surveyed - one hole was marked in yellow for filling, and yet the one about a meter away was about 1mm too shallow to qualify and so didn't get marked and didn't get filled. the result? it got much bigger and became dangerous as it was right on a corner and had to be filled in seperately as a job in its own right as opposed to within the 'job lot' when the rest of the street was done. Why do the council skip over these smaller holes? do they honestly believe some sort of "pothole pixie" is going to come along and fill in the smaller holes by magic?! If there is a hole of ANY SIZE, mark it and fill it - if there's a lot of holes in a small area, then strip the whole road in that area and resurface. Spending £5,000 doing that might seem a lot initially, but it'd last for several years and in the long run it's less than spending £1,000 on 10 seperate callouts within the same time period because new holoes keep opening up.
[quote] Andy Binner..... added: “York has experienced some of the worst winter and wet weather conditions in 30-years which has seen an increase in the number of damaged footpaths and roads. [/quote] Which 'York' is he referring to? because it certainly isn't this one! We've gotten off really lightly this winter, with average rainfalls and not even one period of freezing weather. We have a pond, and it hasn't frozen over once for the whole duration of this winter. Every year the potholes issue comes up, and every year some random from the council states "ooh we've had a terrible winter and that's why there's a problem" - last year yes then that line held some water, but this year there's no water being held. It would help if roads were resurfaced properly - planing the entire road and then using a proper tarmac surface as opposed to just coating the existing flawed road surface with glorified driveway gravel, the poor mans road surface. And where a road has several potholes within 5 or 6 meters, just resurface that entire section rather than spot-fill, this also applies if there are potholes and previous spot-fills within that same area... because the spot-fills do not get sealed with bitumen, the edges wear away with 4 months and then each pothole that is spot-filled then breeds 3 or 4 new potholes and then the problem is worse than before - just look at Field Lane in Heslington beside the church to see that as an example. Then you get the "that'll do brigade", the old worker jonny's that just do the job to get it done and that's it - a little while ago a trench was dug in New Lane (huntington) for a power cable, it was filled but the fill level was about 4cm above the road level which then led to quite a bump in the road... a current example though of a shoddy finish can be felt if you cycle along the cycle route from the university through the army barracks in fulford to the millennium bridge - I've cycled along gravel tracks that are more smooth than that bit of new road surface! And along Hospital Fields Road itself, you would have thought the contractors would have used a road roller to flatten out the new tarmac in bulk - but instead it feels as thoughy they just stomped it flat with their boots!... and then there's Geldof Road in Huntington - it's been resurfaced with the same material as was used with East Parade in Heworth, half tarmac and half glorified gravel... the problem with both here and East Parade is that the road level is now different to that of the manhole covers, leading to a significant bump down for any vehicle that goes onto the cover (leading to discomfort for the person on/in the vehicle in addition to extra noise/vibration to residents living in houses that overlook the manhole cover) - additionally with Geldof Road, the road was resurfaced over a week ago and yet there are still no road markings; the road surface covers over the existing speed bumps (one of which is right on the threshold of what is a legal height and what is too high) and there's no markings so at night the bumps come as a complete suprise., which could be dangerous. And then we have the surveyors that go around and monitor the roads.... last year Anthea Drive in Huntington got surveyed - one hole was marked in yellow for filling, and yet the one about a meter away was about 1mm too shallow to qualify and so didn't get marked and didn't get filled. the result? it got much bigger and became dangerous as it was right on a corner and had to be filled in seperately as a job in its own right as opposed to within the 'job lot' when the rest of the street was done. Why do the council skip over these smaller holes? do they honestly believe some sort of "pothole pixie" is going to come along and fill in the smaller holes by magic?! If there is a hole of ANY SIZE, mark it and fill it - if there's a lot of holes in a small area, then strip the whole road in that area and resurface. Spending £5,000 doing that might seem a lot initially, but it'd last for several years and in the long run it's less than spending £1,000 on 10 seperate callouts within the same time period because new holoes keep opening up. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

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