The York Councils maintenance programme for the forthcoming year has been published. Expenditure of over £9 million has been identified although a lot of this will go on addressing surface water drainage problems. The schedule includes £700,000 for gulley repairs
The programme also includes investment of over £600,000 to maintain the City Walls, with the focus being on the Bootham section.
One of the most expensive single schemes will see Stonegate repaved at a cost of £500,000.
On the west of the City the carriageways on both Gale Lane and Tadcaster Road will be resurfaced. Cycle routes will get a £250,000 maintenance boost.
However, the funds allocated for footpath repairs is disappointingly low. The identified major footpath resurfacing schemes are all on the east of the City.
It must leave residents living in streets like Walton Place wondering just how bad a footpath must be before being repaired.
Predictably last night the York Council woke up to the major backlog in highway repairs that has developed in the city during the last decade. Cynics may say that Labour and the LibDems vying to be the voice of the road user has something to do with the imminent Council elections which take place in early May.
However, successive residents’ surveys have confirmed that poor highway maintenance is now the biggest concern that residents have.
It will take a major and sustained boost in funding if the roads and paths in the City are to be returned to a safe condition.