The Conservative-Independent Coalition at the City Council have ensured that nearly 400 roads and pavements across Stoke-on-Trent will be repaired and improved over the next 12 months as a multi-million pound resurfacing and patching campaign gets under way.
Under the instruction of Conservative Cabinet Member of Transport, Cllr Brereton, the Highways Department will also see thirteen new staff – including two apprentices – being taken on. This is all part of a £7.2 million investment by the Conservative-Independent administration at Stoke City Council which will see main roads, estate roads and pavements either completely resurfaced or selectively repaired. The council is investing £5 million towards the work with the remainder coming from the Conservative Government through the Local Transport Plan and the Pothole Action Fund.
In total, 380 roads and pavements will be treated over the next year, the equivalent distance between Stoke-on-Trent and Blackpool (83 miles). The council will be using 5,800 bags of road material in the process, with each bag capable of holding one tonne. All of the road material being used by the council as part of the improvements would fill some 18,000 skips.
Much of the repairs will focus on the city’s unclassified network of roads – residential roads where people live.
The work, which is now under way, involves:
• ‘Surface dressing’ roads across the city as a preventive measure to avoid potholes;
• Resurfacing and reconstructing roads;
• Reconstructing footways;
• Carrying out large patch repairs.
Conservative Councillor Jack Brereton, cabinet member for transport, said: “We know the standard of our roads and pavements is a big concern for our residents, which is why we are making this level of investment, after years of neglect and under investment by the previous Labour run city council.
“The number of roads and pavements we will be repairing over the next 12 months is an unprecedented amount. This will make a big difference to people’s lives, improving the state and appearance of our streets and neighbourhoods.
“We have listened to residents who have told us that while main roads have work carried out on them and are generally in good condition, estate roads where people actually live have gradually deteriorated, due to them not being seen as a priority by the Labour Party.
“It’s clear that we have to do something to bring our roads up to a good standard. By carrying out this work now, it will reduce the chance of potholes and other defects appearing in the future. This will save money for the taxpayer in the long run by not having to do such expensive repairs or keep coming out to the same road. It is much better to carry out this work now and reduce the need for repairs to be carried out in the future.”