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Labour pledges to fund councils to repair up to a million potholes a year in England.

Elections / Thu 13th Jun 2024 at 07:42am

LABOUR has pledged to fund councils to repair up to a million potholes a year in England.

The party said it would give “multi-year funding settlements to local leaders” to fix broken roads, seeking to end what it called a “sticking plaster approach” to repairs. 

The Conservative Party said it would “take no lectures” on backing drivers, adding Labour had “declared war on motorists across Britain”.

The government has already promised to put £8.3bn into road repairs between this year and 2034, which was announced in the Tory manifesto on Tuesday. 

Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Chris Vince has backed the pledge.

Mr Vince said: “Your readers will remember that a Harlow Labour led campaign in 2022 shamed Essex County Council into finally patch filling some of the many potholes around Harlow.

“Those patch repairs have now disintegrated and the scourge of potholes continues to expand, affecting just about every road in town. Potholes are still one of the top subjects brought up on the doorsteps.

“If a Labour government is elected they have committed to fixing 1 million potholes each year, ending the blight inflicted upon motorists by years of Tory neglect”.

The deputy leader of Harlow Labour, Cllr Lanie Shears has Momples Road in her constituency. An area notorious for potholes.

One of her concerns was a question over the quality of repair. So, cllr Shears submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Essex County Council. The FOI revealed that repairs to potholes on Momples Road alone were costing over £60,000.

We will endeavour to ask all candidates a question regarding potholes.

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14 Comments for Labour pledges to fund councils to repair up to a million potholes a year in England.:

Andrew S.
2024-06-13 08:35:15

Interesting, Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan introduced and expanded the ULEZ charge which would suggest Labour are not necessarily ‘on the side of the divers’

Reg
2024-06-13 09:19:49

How many potholes are there? 1 million is a nice big number but not if there are 5 million potholes...

David Forman
2024-06-13 09:36:38

What, no more comments

David Forman
2024-06-13 09:40:18

Why is it that Essex County Council only worked it out this year after 12 years of a monopoly contract with Ringway Jacobs that allowing contractors to mark their own homework was not such a good idea? See Highways Magazine article https://www.highwaysmagazine.co.uk/Essex-plans-to-bring-more-maintenance-oversight-in-house/13804

James Gamble
2024-06-13 09:40:33

Well that will address half the potholes in Harlow.

David Forman
2024-06-13 09:41:22

Why is it that Essex County Council only worked it out this year after 12 years of a monopoly contract that allows contractors to mark their own homework was not such a good idea? See Highways Magazine article https://www.highwaysmagazine.co.uk/Essex-plans-to-bring-more-maintenance-oversight-in-house/13804

Brian Aston
2024-06-13 10:23:33

I am hoping that we will get weekly briefings from Sir Kier, standing up in Parliament saying this week we have filled in 1,245 pot holes, and maybe having some form of a Blue Peter totaliser showing the progress each year to a million. This will really drive enthusiasm across the country

Andrew S
2024-06-13 11:33:09

@Brian Aston. Love that idea 😆

Jim
2024-06-13 11:41:03

@ Brian Aston - superb! And now over to the Prime Minister for an update on the availability of tarmac.

Jasper
2024-06-13 14:26:39

Could clarify Shears follow up on where the cowboys are now. They have recently patched up around a third of Momples road, not very well I might add, then buggered off. Who is signing off this work as satisfactory.

Jasper
2024-06-13 14:28:16

Sorry predictive txt. Could Cllr Shears clarify ..

Mark Gough
2024-06-13 14:49:22

Hold on. Aren't Labour and their Green mates anti fossil fuels? What do they think makes tarmac? Petroleum and Crude Oil by products! So how are they going to make tarmac, let alone fill in potholes? More leftie claptrap! Mark Gough - Harlow UKIP.

Jim
2024-06-13 15:26:14

Mark Gough - well to be fair they can't fill pot holes with organic quinoa. Exceptions need to be made if they want to keep breaking the roads with their heavy electric cars.

James Gamble
2024-06-14 09:15:47

Mark there are several way to resolve potholes. The Conservative which I believe you used to be a member of chose Tarmac. The way it is at the moment every method will involve oil in some way.

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