£80 million needed to repair all Bolton's roads, claims transport boss

Cllr David Chadwick

Cllr David Chadwick

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AN extra £700,000 to help fix potholes is just a “drop in the ocean” of the £80 million needed to get Bolton’s roads up to scratch, a top transport boss has said.

The Department for Transport has announced that Bolton Council is in line to receive the grant to help improve the standard of roads across the borough.

The council will receive £393,335 from the pothole funding allocation made this month, on top of a weather repair fund of £309,888 — totalling £703,223.

But Cllr David Chadwick, who is in charge of highways at the council, said the money would barely make a dent on the £80 million-worth of road repairs required, including an estimated 7,000 potholes across the town in need of fixing.

He said: “I welcome any new money to try and improve potholes. However, when you consider that the council has an £80 million backlog of road repairs, it really is a drop in the ocean.

“There’s a finite amount of money available but an enormous quantity of potholes to be done, with varying degrees of urgency.”

After receiving a complaint about a pothole, inspectors are sent out from the council to assess its severity, based on size, depth and how dangerous it is.

They then collate a list for workmen to prioritise which potholes need to be done more urgently, with main roads taking priority.

Astley Bridge resident Lee Hacking, who is partially sighted, complained to Bolton Council in February that potholes in Cameron Street could damage his mobility car, meaning it cannot be parked in his driveway.

The father-of-four said it took workmen 28 days to come out to fix a pothole at his home, which he claimed had been done three times before.

“They don’t repair the roads properly, they just patch them up”, said Mr Hacking, aged 49.

“On a road nearby you can see the cobbles. If they are not going to repair them properly, you might as well not do it at all. On another street there’s weeds growing through the road — it looks like something out of the Wild West.”

It costs an average of £53 to fix a pothole, but resurfacing a stretch of road can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

As a condition of the government funding, all repair work must be completed by the end of March, 2015.

In addition, the council will need to publish quarterly updates to let residents know how many potholes or roads have been resurfaced with the funding.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said improving roads would in turn help the growth and prosperity of areas such as Bolton.

He added: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.”

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9:31am Sat 21 Jun 14

angus macoatup says...

why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads .
why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads . angus macoatup
  • Score: 3

9:53am Sat 21 Jun 14

Hulton Park says...

The vast majority of Bolton's road maintenance funding is now included in the payment to an unelected Greater Manchester quango - some £23.5 million.

We should perhaps start asking whether we are getting a fair share of that pot.
The vast majority of Bolton's road maintenance funding is now included in the payment to an unelected Greater Manchester quango - some £23.5 million. We should perhaps start asking whether we are getting a fair share of that pot. Hulton Park
  • Score: 3

10:17am Sat 21 Jun 14

nigella farrage says...

angus macoatup wrote:
why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads .
Because there is no such thing as a road tax!!!!

The vehicle excise duty, as it is properly called, is a tax that goes to Central Government and is helped in the upkeep of Motorways (hence only certain vehicles are only allowed to use the Motorways). Lets not forget that with quite a lot of new cars, nowadays, there is no vehicle excise duty because of the engine!!!!

Again which tax do you mean with the fuel - the VAT or the Fuel duty? Again both go to Central Government and are a general taxation.

The upkeep of the A B and all other roads are paid from Council Tax and hence why anyone and everyone can use the roads.
[quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads .[/p][/quote]Because there is no such thing as a road tax!!!! The vehicle excise duty, as it is properly called, is a tax that goes to Central Government and is helped in the upkeep of Motorways (hence only certain vehicles are only allowed to use the Motorways). Lets not forget that with quite a lot of new cars, nowadays, there is no vehicle excise duty because of the engine!!!! Again which tax do you mean with the fuel - the VAT or the Fuel duty? Again both go to Central Government and are a general taxation. The upkeep of the A B and all other roads are paid from Council Tax and hence why anyone and everyone can use the roads. nigella farrage
  • Score: -2

10:38am Sat 21 Jun 14

Rawenergy says...

If this was kept on top of every year, we wouldn't be in this mess. It just shows how disorganised our council and it's leaders are.
If this was kept on top of every year, we wouldn't be in this mess. It just shows how disorganised our council and it's leaders are. Rawenergy
  • Score: 13

11:23am Sat 21 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

Fix every pot hole and still have almost £300 thousand pound to sort out other stuff. Or spend twice as much and fix the holes properly ?

Not sure where 80 million comes from.
Fix every pot hole and still have almost £300 thousand pound to sort out other stuff. Or spend twice as much and fix the holes properly ? Not sure where 80 million comes from. JustBecause
  • Score: 3

11:25am Sat 21 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

As a side more, how can anyone who is partially sighted drive ?.....
As a side more, how can anyone who is partially sighted drive ?..... JustBecause
  • Score: 5

11:25am Sat 21 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

More should read note ! Bloody autocorrect
More should read note ! Bloody autocorrect JustBecause
  • Score: -2

11:37am Sat 21 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

£79 million to pay the council staff to watch the work being done and the rest to pay for the work itself. Easy.
£79 million to pay the council staff to watch the work being done and the rest to pay for the work itself. Easy. Chrome1
  • Score: -2

12:05pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

nigella farrage wrote:
angus macoatup wrote:
why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads .
Because there is no such thing as a road tax!!!!

The vehicle excise duty, as it is properly called, is a tax that goes to Central Government and is helped in the upkeep of Motorways (hence only certain vehicles are only allowed to use the Motorways). Lets not forget that with quite a lot of new cars, nowadays, there is no vehicle excise duty because of the engine!!!!

Again which tax do you mean with the fuel - the VAT or the Fuel duty? Again both go to Central Government and are a general taxation.

The upkeep of the A B and all other roads are paid from Council Tax and hence why anyone and everyone can use the roads.
Actually that would be to fund wars.
[quote][p][bold]nigella farrage[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angus macoatup[/bold] wrote: why not use the road tax and fuel tax monies to repair the roads .[/p][/quote]Because there is no such thing as a road tax!!!! The vehicle excise duty, as it is properly called, is a tax that goes to Central Government and is helped in the upkeep of Motorways (hence only certain vehicles are only allowed to use the Motorways). Lets not forget that with quite a lot of new cars, nowadays, there is no vehicle excise duty because of the engine!!!! Again which tax do you mean with the fuel - the VAT or the Fuel duty? Again both go to Central Government and are a general taxation. The upkeep of the A B and all other roads are paid from Council Tax and hence why anyone and everyone can use the roads.[/p][/quote]Actually that would be to fund wars. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Sat 21 Jun 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

Rawenergy wrote:
If this was kept on top of every year, we wouldn't be in this mess. It just shows how disorganised our council and it's leaders are.
That's the point - there hasn't been enough money to keep on top of the problem. For every pothole that is fixed there are probably 2 more that develop so you can't keep up
[quote][p][bold]Rawenergy[/bold] wrote: If this was kept on top of every year, we wouldn't be in this mess. It just shows how disorganised our council and it's leaders are.[/p][/quote]That's the point - there hasn't been enough money to keep on top of the problem. For every pothole that is fixed there are probably 2 more that develop so you can't keep up FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 6

12:24pm Sat 21 Jun 14

tillyflop53 says...

Well when they do repair the pot holes i hope they make a better job of it than the appalling job they did on chorley old road near the shell garage. that stretch of road is awful.
Well when they do repair the pot holes i hope they make a better job of it than the appalling job they did on chorley old road near the shell garage. that stretch of road is awful. tillyflop53
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Sat 21 Jun 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

JustBecause wrote:
Fix every pot hole and still have almost £300 thousand pound to sort out other stuff. Or spend twice as much and fix the holes properly ?

Not sure where 80 million comes from.
Its not just the pot holes, it is to fix roads that haven't quite developed into pot holes yet. preventative maintenance - that is probably what the £80m is for.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Fix every pot hole and still have almost £300 thousand pound to sort out other stuff. Or spend twice as much and fix the holes properly ? Not sure where 80 million comes from.[/p][/quote]Its not just the pot holes, it is to fix roads that haven't quite developed into pot holes yet. preventative maintenance - that is probably what the £80m is for. FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 8

12:33pm Sat 21 Jun 14

templejohn says...

NEGATIVE..NEGATIVE..
NEGATIVE.. typical council response, if more

was spent on things we need , instead of what the nobs on the council

decide what, they think we need,, more would get done, instead , we

keep inheriting more council crap...........
NEGATIVE..NEGATIVE.. NEGATIVE.. typical council response, if more was spent on things we need , instead of what the nobs on the council decide what, they think we need,, more would get done, instead , we keep inheriting more council crap........... templejohn
  • Score: 10

3:15pm Sat 21 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

Potholes are similar to small bomb craters,they make some Bolton inhabitants feel at home.Well done councillors.
Potholes are similar to small bomb craters,they make some Bolton inhabitants feel at home.Well done councillors. boltonnut
  • Score: 5

5:43pm Sat 21 Jun 14

vicric87 says...

I'd love to see an actual breakdown of those figures. £80 million my backside.
I'd love to see an actual breakdown of those figures. £80 million my backside. vicric87
  • Score: 6

5:56pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Lesmathes17 says...

£80million. Ha ha David Chadwick is laughing!!! Same old photo used, not sure when this happened but I don't find it funny when my car hits a pothole!!
£80million. Ha ha David Chadwick is laughing!!! Same old photo used, not sure when this happened but I don't find it funny when my car hits a pothole!! Lesmathes17
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Sat 21 Jun 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

£80m???? Funny how that is the same amount which "our council" has used to buy stanstead airport.
£80m???? Funny how that is the same amount which "our council" has used to buy stanstead airport. renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: 3

10:01am Sun 22 Jun 14

sallyupsteps says...

I suggest we have a pothole competition, who has the biggest pothole. After a
suitable time the council could have day out judging the winners. I would like to nominate the one in Moss Lea to start off.
I suggest we have a pothole competition, who has the biggest pothole. After a suitable time the council could have day out judging the winners. I would like to nominate the one in Moss Lea to start off. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 1

10:56am Mon 23 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Punctures are happening nearly every 2 weeks on our cars. The bottom of Stitch Mi Lane/Top end of New Lane is like an obstacle course and I believe that this is where many punctures are happening as it is getting harder to avoid the potholes, some of them run almost 20-metres long.
Punctures are happening nearly every 2 weeks on our cars. The bottom of Stitch Mi Lane/Top end of New Lane is like an obstacle course and I believe that this is where many punctures are happening as it is getting harder to avoid the potholes, some of them run almost 20-metres long. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

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