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Extra £52m to be spent on county's roads
8:36am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Headlines
WILTSHIRE Council is set to spend an extra £52m over the next six years to boost repairs on some of the county’s 2,750 miles of roads.
If approved by the cabinet next Tuesday, the plan would be to spend £21m per year on road repairs, meaning 415 miles of roads would be in a better condition by 2020. Spending £100m per year on repairing the entire county road network has been ruled out as too expensive.
The money for the repairs will come from the expected annual maintenance grant from central government plus commercial borrowing of £52m at 4.35 per cent interest over 20 years.
Cllr Thomson said road repairs were needed after a period of low expenditure and some very bad winters. He said of the plan: “This should be good news. We know the level of public satisfaction with the condition of our roads is low and now we are doing something about it.”
He said local people would have a say through the Area Boards as to which roads should be treated.
People also have a new way to report road defects – using a new smartphone app.
The council has launched the free app, called Mywiltshire, for use by Apple smartphones and phones using the Android system. Councillor John Thomson, cabinet member for highways, said the new app will allow users to track a complaint and see what action has been taken by the council’s road maintenance contractors, Balfour Beatty.
He said: “I have been taking pictures and using the GPS to report the problems. I have taken pictures of a dumped mattress and I got a report back on what the team were going to do about it. The system not only allows you take a picture but uses GPS positioning of where it is. You will then get feedback on what has happened.”
He said if someone found no action was taken on a reported problem, they could then raise the issue with their councillor and show them the evidence.
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