THE GMB UNION has conducted research that reveals that Yorkshire and the Humber has the “worst roads” in England with 35% in need of attention.
The official data for 2010-11 collected by the trade union reveals that 29% of the roads in Yorkshire and the Humber showed some deterioration and should be investigated to see if the road needs treatment. This category is referred to as amber. 6% of roads showed considerable deterioration and may need maintenance in the next 12 months – referred to as red or poor.
Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary, said, “It is clear from the official data that our roads are in a shocking state with a third needing attention. Many roads are so broken up and strewn with potholes that motorists are suffering damage to wheels and suspension, with compensation claims up by 40% in some parts of the country.”
The data rated East Riding of Yorkshire Council as sixth on the list of councils with the worst roads in England.
THE EAST RIDING COUNCIL however, is set to use part of a planned underspend, which was achieved in the financial year 2011/12, to give a boost to its highways maintenance.
The council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday 10th July 2012 recommended to approve allocating £3.3 million of this sum for additional highways maintenance to repair and improve the area’s road network which should see more potholes being filled in on local roads.
The council claims that its £16.5 million underspend on the revenue budget has been achieved through careful budgeting as part of the council’s response to government funding reductions.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, said, “Road maintenance remains a significant pressure because of the size of the network in the East Riding and the continuing impact of the severe winter weather in recent years. It is also one of the top priorities identified by our residents through budget consultations and it is good that the council can respond so positively as a result of prudent financial management.”
“East Riding of Yorkshire Council has not been treated differently in terms of government funding reductions but through planning ahead and robust financial management we have been able to mange the consequences much better than most other local authorities”
As well as the cash injection for highways maintenance, the cabinet approved allocating £5 million of the planned underspend to support the capital programme, and an additional £6.3 million to help in managing the budget pressures on adult social care.