Are pothole priorities right?

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WILTSHIRE’S pothole priorities have been called into question after a team of workmen spent three weeks replacing the pavement in a no through road.

Laverstock resident Stephen Williamson said there was plenty of more urgent work for the gang from Balfour Beatty, the contractors tasked with repairing Salisbury’s roads, to get on with than that needed in Riverside Close.

“Riverside Close is a cul-de-sac of very expensive houses,” he pointed out.

“There is no through vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

“At a time when many well-trodden pavements in Laverstock are in a dangerous condition, likewise many roads around Salisbury, why should Wiltshire Council give precedence to this road?

“There are still a great number of potholes being repaired by ‘patching’ while this road gets the full treatment.”

But the council said the pavement was a hazard, and “the most urgent work is always prioritised”.

A spokesman added that people had been complaining about the pavement in Riverside Close for years but there had been no money to repair it until now.

It was damp and mossy, with raised drain covers, and the paving had sunk so that the kerb was a trip hazard.

Priorities for pavement repairs had to be assessed as well as those for roads, he said.

“It’s a juggling act. The priorities are set locally, and we encourage people to get involved through their area boards.”

“We’re spending a lot of money on roads over the next few years. We are patching potholes, but have a huge programme of works planned.”

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7:14pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

I can't help wondering if a Wiltshire Councillor lives near by. This does seem to be a criteria. Theres some nice new tarmac in Allington laid recently on the route to a Councillor's house.....
I can't help wondering if a Wiltshire Councillor lives near by. This does seem to be a criteria. Theres some nice new tarmac in Allington laid recently on the route to a Councillor's house..... Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 12

7:30pm Sun 27 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

It's as if they are fishing for votes. Compare the resurfacing work completed in Bemerton Heath, The Priory and Randalls Croft, nil. All prioritised of course, not. Four years of budget cuts and under-funding on highways maintenance is blatantly obvious now.
It's as if they are fishing for votes. Compare the resurfacing work completed in Bemerton Heath, The Priory and Randalls Croft, nil. All prioritised of course, not. Four years of budget cuts and under-funding on highways maintenance is blatantly obvious now. karlmarx
  • Score: 10

9:43am Mon 28 Apr 14

gingin says...

The residents of Riverside Close have been fortunate to have repairs carried out! Wish Wiltshire Council would find the money to repair the main pavements through Laverstock and the worn surface to Church Road, which is heavily used by school traffic and used as a rat run.

However looking around at other areas in Salisbury there are far worse roads and pavements so I guess we will wait until it is our turn whenever that will be!

I'm not holding my breath it will happen any time soon!
The residents of Riverside Close have been fortunate to have repairs carried out! Wish Wiltshire Council would find the money to repair the main pavements through Laverstock and the worn surface to Church Road, which is heavily used by school traffic and used as a rat run. However looking around at other areas in Salisbury there are far worse roads and pavements so I guess we will wait until it is our turn whenever that will be! I'm not holding my breath it will happen any time soon! gingin
  • Score: 8

10:39am Mon 28 Apr 14

Grampie says...

They still haven't fixed the potholes in Ashley Road, although the local councillor said they had. I think he has lost his password as he has been very quiet lately.
They still haven't fixed the potholes in Ashley Road, although the local councillor said they had. I think he has lost his password as he has been very quiet lately. Grampie
  • Score: 8

6:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

kezoesj says...

In the Cornwall Rd area the pot holes are still there but the council painted new white line spaces for residents parking...over the pot holes! Hmm what will happen to the white lining when the pot hole team get there?
In the Cornwall Rd area the pot holes are still there but the council painted new white line spaces for residents parking...over the pot holes! Hmm what will happen to the white lining when the pot hole team get there? kezoesj
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Schoolmum999 says...

The pot holes in Brown Street are a potential death trap! I have lost count of how many times I've contacted Trowbridge over the last six months, to let them know. I hope they get round to re-surfacing the entire road before someone is seriously hurt or worse.
The pot holes in Brown Street are a potential death trap! I have lost count of how many times I've contacted Trowbridge over the last six months, to let them know. I hope they get round to re-surfacing the entire road before someone is seriously hurt or worse. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

Schoolmum999 wrote:
The pot holes in Brown Street are a potential death trap! I have lost count of how many times I've contacted Trowbridge over the last six months, to let them know. I hope they get round to re-surfacing the entire road before someone is seriously hurt or worse.
According to a local councillor you only have to report the crater once over the phone and it will be repaired. However, whichever crater has the highest
number of complaints made against it is the winner and gets repaired. Only to need repairing again two weeks later due to the inadequate method of repair. So the whole process is repeated over and over again until the local taxpayer gets fed up with it and stops complaining. Then the council record this as a success as the number of complaints has fallen. Clever isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Schoolmum999[/bold] wrote: The pot holes in Brown Street are a potential death trap! I have lost count of how many times I've contacted Trowbridge over the last six months, to let them know. I hope they get round to re-surfacing the entire road before someone is seriously hurt or worse.[/p][/quote]According to a local councillor you only have to report the crater once over the phone and it will be repaired. However, whichever crater has the highest number of complaints made against it is the winner and gets repaired. Only to need repairing again two weeks later due to the inadequate method of repair. So the whole process is repeated over and over again until the local taxpayer gets fed up with it and stops complaining. Then the council record this as a success as the number of complaints has fallen. Clever isn't it? karlmarx
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

Grampie wrote:
They still haven't fixed the potholes in Ashley Road, although the local councillor said they had. I think he has lost his password as he has been very quiet lately.
Mathematics night school?
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: They still haven't fixed the potholes in Ashley Road, although the local councillor said they had. I think he has lost his password as he has been very quiet lately.[/p][/quote]Mathematics night school? karlmarx
  • Score: 6

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