Majority of Cotswold residents believe that parish, town and district councils should help pay for pothole fixing

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Pothole in Thomas Street Pothole in Thomas Street

MORE than half of all people questioned believe that parish, town and district councils in the Cotswolds should help pay to fix problematic potholes in their area.

The poll, which has been set up on the Standard’s website, shows that 59 per cent of online readers think that smaller local authorities should help pick up the bill for pothole maintenance.

Currently holes in the road are the sole responsibility of Gloucestershire Highways, a subsection of the county council.

The online poll also showed that 39 per cent of readers think that road maintenance should remain a county-led operation while two per cent said they did not care.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of Cirencester Town Council, said that, while potholes are not its responsibility, it does support the county council in other ways.

He said: “In 2013/1, the town council set aside additional funding of up to £8,000 to support highway related projects. This has included enhancing winter maintenance provision and the taking on of cutting highway verges and a roundabout at Kingshill North.”

Cotswold District Council has said that the region’s potholes will continue to fall under the jurisdiction of the county council as “parish and district councils have no remit of funding” for the operation.

However, earlier this month CDC did fill in a number of large potholes in its Beeches car park in Cirencester that were causing problems for motorists.

Potholes have become a contentious issue among residents in recent months with many opting to take part in the Standard’s hunt to find the Cotswolds’ worst affected roads.

George Smith submitted an amusing picture of a toy tractor struggling to climb out of a deep pothole in Cirencester’s Thomas Street.

He said: “Thomas Street gets repaired once a fortnight which is an utterly pointless exercise as the tarmac is so old it can never be repaired. What a waste of money.”

The most frequently used roads in the Cotswolds are supposed to be inspected on a monthly basis, according to Cllr Vernon Smith, GCC cabinet member for highways.

He said: “Smaller ones are programmed to be repaired within 28 days and unsafe ones are fixed immediately. We identify and fix hundreds of potholes each day. In the last 12 months we have fixed nearly 50,000 in Gloucestershire.”

Anyone who would like to submit a problem pothole photo can do so by visiting www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk.

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1:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

MrMarkHarris says...

What a ridiculous survey!

If you made it clear that Gloucestershire Highways budget for roads is £28.9 million pounds, Cirencester Town Council's budget for ALL services is £840,550 (published by W&GS on 29th Jan) and the CDC budget is around £9m for ALL services then asked if they should contribute to the £922 million income Gloucestershire County Council get - you may get a different answer.

But you probably wanted a bad story eh? ;-)
What a ridiculous survey! If you made it clear that Gloucestershire Highways budget for roads is £28.9 million pounds, Cirencester Town Council's budget for ALL services is £840,550 (published by W&GS on 29th Jan) and the CDC budget is around £9m for ALL services then asked if they should contribute to the £922 million income Gloucestershire County Council get - you may get a different answer. But you probably wanted a bad story eh? ;-) MrMarkHarris
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4:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Roads are the statutory responsibility of the County Council
Roads are the statutory responsibility of the County Council Olly Cromwell
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8:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

Trend says...

If Parish & Town Councils have to budget for these repairs then people will be paying twice as the money for their budgets comes from the Council tax.

Oh and since were roads expected, I thought they were 'inspected'
If Parish & Town Councils have to budget for these repairs then people will be paying twice as the money for their budgets comes from the Council tax. Oh and since were roads expected, I thought they were 'inspected' Trend
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8:50am Fri 28 Feb 14

Trend says...

Trend wrote:
If Parish & Town Councils have to budget for these repairs then people will be paying twice as the money for their budgets comes from the Council tax.

Oh and since were roads expected, I thought they were 'inspected'
*when were!
[quote][p][bold]Trend[/bold] wrote: If Parish & Town Councils have to budget for these repairs then people will be paying twice as the money for their budgets comes from the Council tax. Oh and since were roads expected, I thought they were 'inspected'[/p][/quote]*when were! Trend
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11:04am Fri 28 Feb 14

Rex Cooper says...

This story is nonsense and the survey too. All it did was elicit frustration about potholes.
If the journalist either doesn't understand, or doesn't explain, that potholes are repaired out of taxes paid to the County Council then how can you expect the public to know. All this story does is cause confusion - which is too common with the Standard these days
This story is nonsense and the survey too. All it did was elicit frustration about potholes. If the journalist either doesn't understand, or doesn't explain, that potholes are repaired out of taxes paid to the County Council then how can you expect the public to know. All this story does is cause confusion - which is too common with the Standard these days Rex Cooper
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