Government roads cash for York "drop in ocean", say city leaders

Government roads cash for York

Government roads cash for York "drop in ocean", say city leaders

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CITY leaders have claimed extra money for repairing York roads damaged by winter weather is "a drop in the ocean" after their Government funding was confirmed.

York will receive £246,000 from the Department for Transport, which City of York Council's ruling Labour group said would make little difference to the amount of repairs which can be done across the city.

Coun Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for finance, said: "The award, though welcome, is anything but welcome when you've had to make savings of £74 million over five years - it is little more than 0.1 per cent of the funding awarded nationally and falls well short of the amount the Government has removed for roads spending in recent years.

"Clearly, we don't expect to see that money back, but something which would make a tangible difference would have been nice. Sadly that’s not the case, so I’m pleased that we’ve made a commitment of an extra £2.3 million for highways repairs iwhich will repair some of our worst affected roads. Set against this, the Government’s £246,000 is a drop in the ocean”.

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10:18am Sat 22 Mar 14

Exlabourmember says...

The award, though welcome, is anything but welcome

Seriously. Basic literacy levels?
The award, though welcome, is anything but welcome Seriously. Basic literacy levels? Exlabourmember
  • Score: -49

10:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

What winter weather?
What winter weather? Thislittleold market town
  • Score: -24

10:55am Sat 22 Mar 14

nowthen says...

£246,000 ; that's about the amount that Cllr Merrett's going to siphon out of revenue per year to pay the interest on loans for his vanity projects..
£246,000 ; that's about the amount that Cllr Merrett's going to siphon out of revenue per year to pay the interest on loans for his vanity projects.. nowthen
  • Score: -42

12:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

marvell says...

If Labour hadn't wasted £600,000 on Anna Semlyn's vanity 20mph project they could have repaired an awful lot of potholes.

It's bordering on corruption that she is employed by a 20mph pressure organisation and is also allowed direct influence on getting the project approved.
If Labour hadn't wasted £600,000 on Anna Semlyn's vanity 20mph project they could have repaired an awful lot of potholes. It's bordering on corruption that she is employed by a 20mph pressure organisation and is also allowed direct influence on getting the project approved. marvell
  • Score: -37

2:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

powerwatt says...

Well if they hadn't cut the budgets for repairs and spent it on their hair brained vanity projects the taxpayers money from the government would be a welcome addition, but not vital.
Well if they hadn't cut the budgets for repairs and spent it on their hair brained vanity projects the taxpayers money from the government would be a welcome addition, but not vital. powerwatt
  • Score: -60

2:27pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bolero says...

Stop whining and get on with what can be afforded. Anything is better than nothing. Some money must have been saved on non-gritting this winter. Where will that go? Probably some more 20mph signs.
Stop whining and get on with what can be afforded. Anything is better than nothing. Some money must have been saved on non-gritting this winter. Where will that go? Probably some more 20mph signs. bolero
  • Score: -79

8:26pm Sat 22 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Think a certain mrs/miss something semlyn should flog some of her 7+buy to let dossholes .to repay back the people of york.whats bin wasted....
Socialist my ar*e
Ieibour my a**se
Think a certain mrs/miss something semlyn should flog some of her 7+buy to let dossholes .to repay back the people of york.whats bin wasted.... Socialist my ar*e Ieibour my a**se piaggio1
  • Score: -73

8:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Oh and another thing ...I fekkin detest this bunch of liers/corrupt conmen/a d blatant jumped up little hitlers.and some members of this so called elected? Councillors .and their close associations with the roman church.yes you knowwho you are..dont worry ..Iit WILL all come out.
Oh and another thing ...I fekkin detest this bunch of liers/corrupt conmen/a d blatant jumped up little hitlers.and some members of this so called elected? Councillors .and their close associations with the roman church.yes you knowwho you are..dont worry ..Iit WILL all come out. piaggio1
  • Score: -90

3:09am Sun 23 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

£246,000... that's it?? what a rip-off, it doesn't even cover half of the money wasted by Semlyn's revenge crusade against whoever it was that knocked her over all that time ago.

£246,000 might see one road get some glorified driveway gravel put along it, but that's all... especially when you consider how much other road projects costs (Hopgrove roundabout: £11 million, for some traffic lights and resurfacing - as an example).
£246,000... that's it?? what a rip-off, it doesn't even cover half of the money wasted by Semlyn's revenge crusade against whoever it was that knocked her over all that time ago. £246,000 might see one road get some glorified driveway gravel put along it, but that's all... especially when you consider how much other road projects costs (Hopgrove roundabout: £11 million, for some traffic lights and resurfacing - as an example). Magicman!
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

I'm pretty sure there was a nominal value of £50 being touted around on budget day to repair an "average" pothole. By my maths that's sufficient for average 4,920 potholes. I'd take that quite happily.

I'd be happier still if instead of doing such a poor job of patching, it was done properly - cutting the edges back and sealing them onto the surface, not just chucking in a bit of tarmac & gravel and patting it with a spade..... (at least, that's what ost of them look like). Even if it doubled the cost per pothole, it's still a lot of potholes gone from our roads.

I'll vote for anyone who will employ 10 qualified road workers to walk around the city wards with a couple of "trainees" each, and who will assume some personal responsibility for doing the job right.
I'm pretty sure there was a nominal value of £50 being touted around on budget day to repair an "average" pothole. By my maths that's sufficient for average 4,920 potholes. I'd take that quite happily. I'd be happier still if instead of doing such a poor job of patching, it was done properly - cutting the edges back and sealing them onto the surface, not just chucking in a bit of tarmac & gravel and patting it with a spade..... (at least, that's what ost of them look like). Even if it doubled the cost per pothole, it's still a lot of potholes gone from our roads. I'll vote for anyone who will employ 10 qualified road workers to walk around the city wards with a couple of "trainees" each, and who will assume some personal responsibility for doing the job right. MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: 0

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