Local Lib Dem councillors have welcomed the announcement that the council is to spend £785,300 in this financial year on much-needed resurfacing work on some of the most well-used roads in our area.
The council’s Highways maintenance programme for 2021/22 includes:
● £106,000 for large patching on Acomb Green near the Danebury Drive junction
● £63,900 for large patching on Askham Lane just before the A1237 roundabout
● £155,000 to resurface the stretch of Foxwood Lane at Chesneys Field
● £190,400 to finish the resurfacing of Gale Lane, from Cornlands Road to Front Street
● £270,000 for resurfacing on Thanet Road and West Thorpe
Cllr Andrew Waller has welcomed the news but has stressed that there remains much more work to do to improve the condition of local roads.
“Poor road surfaces are acknowledged to be potentially deadly for cyclists, also damaging shock absorbers, suspension springs and wheels in vehicles - potentially causing road traffic accidents. We all know of many roads that are being patched up but which ultimately will need resurfacing, such as sections of Askham Lane (particularly the tarmac speed cushions), Tudor Road and Lowfields Drive. We will look to use some of the limited amount of ward highways funding available to make improvements at some locations which would otherwise miss out.”
The council will continue to invest in targeted repairs and pothole filling, with £1.025 million allocated for this work in 2021/22.