Extra £3 million to repair roads is welcomed

Following publication of a national road maintenance survey, a councillor has welcomed an extra £3 million being spent on Suffolk’s deteriorating roads.

Figures released today by Asphalt Industry Alliance show clearing the East of England’s backlog of highway maintenance would take an estimated seven years, with an average one-off ‘catch-up’ cost of £56.8 million per authority.

Mark Ereira-Guyer, Suffolk county councillor for Bury St Edmunds’ tower division, spent Saturday taking a catalogue of photographs of potholes around the town.

On Monday, he handed details of 25 potholes to highways bosses who, within days, had begun taking action.

“We’ve had quite an extreme, long, difficult winter and that’s had a real impact on the condition of the roads,” said Cllr Ereira-Guyer.

“This is a priority. People’s cars get damaged, they’re bills go up and they end up hating the council, so we’ve got to sort it out and quickly,” he said, adding that extra funds meant there was ‘no excuse’ for inaction.

A council spokeswoman, said: “The county council is committed to maintaining the county’s roads to the best possible standards. The additional funding from Government will enable us to continue to treat potholes on our roads, prioritising those deemed particularly dangerous.”

Anyone with concerns about potholes in their area can report them to the council via www.suffolk.gov.uk