ROADS WILL GET WORSE…
ROADS WILL GET WORSE
I had an interesting meeting this morning at Winchester with fellow County Councillors.
It seems that the condition of roads across the County is worsening and that there is little prospect of things improving. Hampshire is supposed to look after some 5000 miles of road.
When a pot hole appears it is often because of a underlying problem. We have all experienced a pot hole being repaired but this only lasting a couple of weeks before it reverts to a pot hole once again.
Residents find it hard to understand why Hampshire County Council trumpets big projects like improvements to Romsey Town Centre, whilst allowing the roads and pavements to deteriorate.
The answer is the Hampshire County Council is now allocating very little money to highway maintenance.
The schemes that are highlighted aren't funded by the Council at all. They are using developer's contributions from nearby housing developments and the occasional one-off funds from the Department of Transport for schemes such as "Improving access to the City" fund.
They are completely different sources of funding. For political reasons, the Conservative run Council likes to try and take credit for them. They are not allowed, under their own rules, to transfer funding from popular projects to the rather less newsworthy (but actually more important) maintenance of our roads.
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