47 years to resurface a Bolton road, new figures show

A typical pothole problem in Lower Darcy Street

A typical pothole problem in Lower Darcy Street

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

POTHOLE-ridden roads are being left in disrepair for longer, council bosses have admitted.

The average length of time it takes for a Bolton road to be completely resurfaced is now 47 years — an increase of 16 years from 2005.

The figures, revealed at the full council meeting on Wednesday, come from the annual Asphalt Industry Alliance Survey (ALARM) every year, and cabinet member and councillor Nick Peel insisted Bolton’s record was better than the national average of 68 years.

However, he warned the authority’s performance could deteriorate even more in 2015.

He told the council: “We have quite deliberately diverted some of our one-off cash into much-needed repairs of footways and also into an extensive surface dressing performance, which extends the life of a highway, but is not included in the Alarm survey.

“I do not intend for one minute to put any kind of gloss on the highways situation in Bolton, as this relatively better performance of 47 years against the national figure of 68 years has to be viewed in some context.

“Our revenue and capital budgets combined have more than halved since the onset of Tory and Lib Dem austerity measures, targeted against local government and targeted against councils with the greatest need, especially councils in the north.”

Smithills councillor Andrew Martin raised the issue, and said the state of Bolton’s roads is a constant cause of concern for Bolton residents.

He added: “When you are on the doorstep or out canvassing, it comes up all the time.”

In June 2013 a survey from the Department for Transport revealed Bolton’s ‘unclassified’ roads, mainly residential, were the fourth worst in the country out of 116 local authorities.

They were also ranked last out of the eight Greater Manchester councils which responded to the survey.

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9:28am Fri 29 Aug 14

The Squire In Residence says...

They have no money in the pot for anything other than the TH - simple. Heads in the sand, as ever!
They have no money in the pot for anything other than the TH - simple. Heads in the sand, as ever! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 7

9:59am Fri 29 Aug 14

Endoxa says...

They had better put some stables next to the Town Hall when they spend the millions putting in the 'up market restaurant' - you'll have to get there on horseback with the state of the roads! Whilst everyone knows that the austerity measures have been imposed by central government, what people will not accept is the irresponsible prioritisation of spending by the local council. Muppets!
They had better put some stables next to the Town Hall when they spend the millions putting in the 'up market restaurant' - you'll have to get there on horseback with the state of the roads! Whilst everyone knows that the austerity measures have been imposed by central government, what people will not accept is the irresponsible prioritisation of spending by the local council. Muppets! Endoxa
  • Score: 7

10:29am Fri 29 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

Plenty of money to change the flags in the Town Centre. That must come out of the same pot.
Plenty of money to change the flags in the Town Centre. That must come out of the same pot. Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Fri 29 Aug 14

duggie67 says...

unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country!
Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come.
The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for!
unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country! Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come. The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for! duggie67
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

duggie67 wrote:
unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country!
Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come.
The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for!
I agree, but I think you had better put a flame proof coat on for the 'It isn't road tax' brigade.
[quote][p][bold]duggie67[/bold] wrote: unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country! Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come. The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for![/p][/quote]I agree, but I think you had better put a flame proof coat on for the 'It isn't road tax' brigade. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Fri 29 Aug 14

The Running Man says...

With that lead time I should at least get a smooth ride in the hearse. Thanks Bolton Council, you've been great as always!
With that lead time I should at least get a smooth ride in the hearse. Thanks Bolton Council, you've been great as always! The Running Man
  • Score: 4

10:05am Sat 30 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

So let's paint 20mph all over Horwich, paint car parking spaces on the road in Blackrod and then let people ignor them. improve the Town Hall for the minority who use it and leave the majority with unkempt roads. Is there no regulation or accountability to this misspending of public funds and planning permission farces?
So let's paint 20mph all over Horwich, paint car parking spaces on the road in Blackrod and then let people ignor them. improve the Town Hall for the minority who use it and leave the majority with unkempt roads. Is there no regulation or accountability to this misspending of public funds and planning permission farces? Blackrod
  • Score: 1

12:49pm Sat 30 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

duggie67 wrote:
unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country!
Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come.
The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for!
Because the road tax (aka Vehicle Excise Duty which some vehicles are omitted due to the high spec engines that dish minimal emissions) goes to Central Government and NOT Bolton council. The Council tax pays for the repairs of local roads.
[quote][p][bold]duggie67[/bold] wrote: unfortunately far too much cash is now being spent on fixing small problems as clumsy people fall over 'specks of dust' in the falls for cash business that blights our country! Bolton has already suffered from a major crash for cash problem so the council are trying to avoid £millions in compo claims which will affect the borough for years to come. The big question is why isn't the money that motorists pay in road tax to the government paying for these repairs? that's what we pay it for![/p][/quote]Because the road tax (aka Vehicle Excise Duty which some vehicles are omitted due to the high spec engines that dish minimal emissions) goes to Central Government and NOT Bolton council. The Council tax pays for the repairs of local roads. nigella farrage
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Sat 30 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Blackrod wrote:
So let's paint 20mph all over Horwich, paint car parking spaces on the road in Blackrod and then let people ignor them. improve the Town Hall for the minority who use it and leave the majority with unkempt roads. Is there no regulation or accountability to this misspending of public funds and planning permission farces?
Because the money that Bolton Council gained for the refurbishment of the Town Hall and Albert halls was gained specifically for that job. If that money was to be spent of the roads then the money would have be gained fraudulently which is a criminal offence!
[quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: So let's paint 20mph all over Horwich, paint car parking spaces on the road in Blackrod and then let people ignor them. improve the Town Hall for the minority who use it and leave the majority with unkempt roads. Is there no regulation or accountability to this misspending of public funds and planning permission farces?[/p][/quote]Because the money that Bolton Council gained for the refurbishment of the Town Hall and Albert halls was gained specifically for that job. If that money was to be spent of the roads then the money would have be gained fraudulently which is a criminal offence! nigella farrage
  • Score: 0

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