Damaged road hump
Residents have started a petition aimed at increasing the amount that the York Council invests in resurfacing roads and footpaths.
Speed humps and road surfaces in Hamilton Drive, Middleton/Stuart Road, Windsor Garth, and Ascot Way are crumbling into disrepair.
Residents say that they are a particular danger for cyclists although some car drivers have also started to complain about damage to tyres.
In addition many verges have been destroyed by vehicles during the extended period of wet weather. Things have got worse since the Council abandoned its programme of providing lay-bys and verge crossovers through Ward Committees.
Money is available to pay for repairs as the Council is getting around £2 million a year in “new homes bonus” income from developments like the one starting on the nearby Our Lady’s school site.
It is also sitting on £1.3 million in fines income raised through camera enforcement of the Lendal Bridge/Coppergate restrictions. This money must, by law, be spent on “transport”.
Residents say the funds should be invested in highways repairs.
The Council will decide on Thursday how much of its budget to allocate to highways repairs.
The budget allocation had been nearly halved during 2013 compared to the amount being spent in 2011.
It was reported yesterday that the number of claims against the Council, for damage caused to vehicles during 2013, had increased compared to the previous year.
Call for Lendal Bridge fine income to be used to repair roads
The number of claims for compensation following damage to vehicles caused by poorly maintained roads in York dramatically increased last year.
Damaged speed humps. Already dangerous for cyclists.
The change followed a decision by the Labour controlled Council to reduce expenditure on highways maintenance by over £2 million.
The number of claims received, for incidents over recent years, has been
- 2011 – 75
- 2012 – 52
- 2013 – 87
There are now calls for the Council to agree, at its budget meeting next week, to increase the amount it spends on maintenance back to the £5.5 million figure which was being invested each year by the previous, LibDem controlled authority.
Pressure is also growing for the £1.3 million – taken in fines from motorists on Lendal Bridge and in Coppergate – to be used to address the backlog in resurfacing works.
The Council has revealed how it plans to spend £2.6 million on highways and footpath resurfacing over the next financial year.
The provisional expenditure is down on the £3.4 million being invested during the current year.
That in turn was well down on the budget agreed by the last Liberal Democrat administration which held power until 2011 and which regularly invested over £5 million a year in the highways network.
Carriageway surfaces are now breaking up and the repairs backlog is growing.
In the Westfield ward footpaths in parts of three streets are due to receive attention next year. Roads affected are Cornlands Road, Wetherby Road, and Green Lane. However there are no plans to resurface any roads (carriageways) in the area.
A full list of streets where repairs are planned can be downloaded by clicking here
A final Council highways budget for next year will be announced in March.
The decision, on which roads to resurface, was taken in another “behind closed doors” meeting. There was no consultation with residents on the options.
- Worn highays surface Hamilton Drive West
Pothole Windsor Garth
In response to a Freedom of information request , the York Council has admitted that it would cost £32.7 million to address the backlog on highways repairs.
The figure includes all road and footway refurbishment works with associated drainage and road signs and markings.
Meanwhile more and more problems with potholes are expected as ice further damages poor road surfaces during the winter months.
Potholes little Green Lane
Cornlands Road drains blockeed
York residents survey results click to enlarge
A survey completed by over 400 residents living in the west of York has revealed that highways and footpath maintenance are now the biggest cause for complaint.
73% thought that road and footpath maintenance had got worse in the City over the last 2 years.
The service was followed closely by ice clearance which 69% thought had got worse.
This is bad news for the Labour Council as the response come before the latest set of cuts to winter maintenance are implemented.
Parking provision was criticised by 65% with the large increases in parking charges introduced by the Labour Council likely to be the main influencing factor.
More than 50% of respondents also thought that litter, control of dogs, refuse collection and weed removal had got worse.
Only crime prevention fared relatively well, with 66% saying that the quality of the service was unchanged
The survey results will add pressure on the Council to support additional investment in street level public services at its meeting on Thursday.
The York Council at a meeting next week will be asked to jettison its prestige expenditure plans and return to a more sensible economic policy.
Weeds need strimming at end of Ridgeway
A motion being put forward by the Liberal Democrats condemns deteriorating roads, footpaths and increasing litter as well as plans to reduce de icing services in winter.
It says that Labour’s decision to scrap the “York Pride” maintenance programmes means that many areas are now strewn with weeds and detritus.
Carriageway failed in Vesper Drive
Recent rain highlighted the impact that Labours decision to end the routine cleaning of gullies (road drains) is already having.
Meanwhile a rather disingenuous motion from Labour Cllr Burton, seeks to justify the bill for York staging the start of just one Tour de France stage.
The cost to taxpayers is already in excess of £1.5 million and rising.
The Labour backed motion says that any income to the Council from the event should be allocate to improve basic service standards.
It fails however to say that the income from a few hot dog stands is unlikely to make much difference.
The cost of the repairs back log on the City’s roads and footpaths alone now stands at over £20 million.
The Liberal Democrat motion reads
New figures reveal that investment, in keeping York’s footpaths in a safe condition, has fallen by 41% over he last 5 years
Expenditure on repairs peaked at £1.8 million in 2009 when the Council was under Liberal Democrat Leadership.
Neglected roads and paths in Kingsway West reported on Saturday
This year only £1 million will be spent. The detailed figures – revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request – are:
• 2009/10 – £1,794k
• 2010/11 – £1,784k
• 2011/12 – £1,667k
• 2012/13 – £1,160k
• 2013/14 – £1,050k
The Council received 48 claims for compensation last year from people who had fallen on badly maintained footpaths. £6,750 was paid out in compensation
The number of complaints about pavements doubled in 2012/13 to 554 from a level of 258 two years earlier.
The Council admits that 5% of its footpaths require resurfacing.
Each year the Council resurfaces less than 1% of the total mileage of footpaths in the City.
The most complained about footpaths are Front Street in Acomb and Coney Street.
NB. The Council are currently spending £500,000 relaying flags in Kings Square. despite the area being in a generally good condition
The number of claims for damage to vehicles in York, as a result of poor road surfaces, has increased by over 400%.
In 2011/12, 13 drivers made a claim against the York Council
This spiralled to 70 in 2012/13
The value of compensation paid, however, reduced from £1455 to £333.
The Council had halved the amount that it was investing in highways maintenance in 2012/13.
A Freedom of Information response has identified the road in poorest condition in York.
Moor Lane, near Murton, attracted 10 damage claims between 23-12-2012 and 06-01-2013
The Council says that, generally, a road has a surface design life of 15 years.
At any one time there are around 40 potholes on the York road network requiring attention. This increases in the winter as a result of the impact that ice has on poorly maintained carriageway surfaces.
Potholes can be reported here http://www.mycouncilservices.com/
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Traffic congestion is increasing on the inner ring road as the Friday evening peak approaches. Click map for up to date information
The City of York Council will carry out essential resurfacing works on the roundabout on Askham Fields Lane from Friday (30 August).
The works are programmed to take two nights in total to complete, working Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
To carry out the works safely, a road closure will be in place and there will be a signed diversion route in operation for local and through traffic.
Pedestrian access will be available at all times. Cyclists will have to dismount and use the footways when travelling through the affected areas.
Bus services will be diverted whilst the works are ongoing. Please contact Bus Info on 01904 551400 for the revised arrangements.
As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience but everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum. However, motorists should expect some delays and plan their journey accordingly.