Say Goodbye to the Village Pot Hole

A village street.

A village street.

El Brute has a pile of (your) dosh up for grabs to repair cracked pavements and fix pot holes in the streets of the 14 “villages” around the Borough. That’s right, if there are lanes in your village that can’t be fixed by chucking a bit of extra straw into them or which those damned farm carts keep churning up then you can apply to the Council to get them sorted out. Each village has a £35,000 pot hole to spend (did you see what we did there?) although how many cracks and holes that will repair isn’t stated.

If you want to get your hands on a slice of the loot you can either fill in a form or apply online. The deadline to nominate your favourite piece of sub-optimal street environment for the ol’ El Brute makeover is 13th December. Oh, and anyone who spots a crack in those shiny new York stone pavements in York Street will have the Blue Baron himself to deal with. And you can bet your bottom guinea that that won’t be pretty.


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* Community Roads & Pavement Fund

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13 responses to “Say Goodbye to the Village Pot Hole

  1. The Scout

    We won’t need to worry about pot holes soon because they will be filled by snow and ice (hopefully too by sand and grit). The holes will of course be larger once the bad weather is over – but by then the Lib Dems will be back in charge and we will soon be able to motor around without damage to our tyres. Hooray!

  2. Gareth Roberts

    First and foremost I have nothing against mending roads and pavements – get that out of the way nice and early on.

    Where I do have something of a problem is that, according to this system, the ‘pound in the pocket’ of the residents of Twickenham ‘Village’ is worth ten times less than the ‘PITP’ of the smaller ‘villages’ such as Hampton Wick.

    It’s true. Each ‘Village’ gets exactly the same amount of money allocated for repairs within that area. Now Hampton Wick, for example, gets £35K for approximately 1000 households. Twickenham “Village” also gets £35K but there are approximately 10,000 households within the area.

    Now I’m afraid I don’t think that’s fair.

    There were a couple of options open to the Conservatives – they could have weighted the amounts given to each village so the smaller got less money but still enough to make repairs, medium sized a middling amount and mega ‘villages’ got a larger pot. It could still have been done within the half a million fund but no thought was given to equitable distribution

    The better approach would have been to simply divide it into wards – £27,500 per ward isn’t that much different from £35,000 and it would have been divided up into areas of roughly equal size. Everybody benefits equally!

    But then if it had been done by ward then it wouldn’t have been a nice shiny gimmick to sell this ‘Village’ nonsense.

    • michelangelo

      Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth! To mix metaphors further, Cllr Roberts seems to want a piece of cake with currants, icing and a cherry on top.
      His calculations are flawed: this money is for streets, not households per se; perhaps Cllr Roberts could work out the length of all roads (except red routes, that I believe are the responsibility of TfL) in Twickenham and Hampton Wick?

    • Gareth Roberts

      ‘A Gift Horse’? This is no gift, no astonishing act of largesse and generosity to the residents of the borough by this administration. No, this is our money, our council tax.

      Now I would suggest that if the administration is spending our money in this fashion then they should do their darnedest to ensure that the distribution of that money is done in as equitable way as possible. The length of the streets is neither here nor there, by the way; streets neither pay council tax nor do they nominate themselves for repair.

      You may, Michaelangelo, be entirely sanguine about the fact that the administration is using the false construct of the ‘fourteen villages’ to decide how they spend tax payers’ money without a second thought as to whether it is fair to all residents however I’m afraid I find it rather rankles.

    • michelangelo

      If you read the Council website article on this, you will see that this is EXTRA money, so indeed a gift.
      May I also point out to Gareth that pot holes occur in roads, not in people (I hope), so surely it is more logical in this instance to measure road length than population?

    • Gareth Roberts

      It may well be extra money but that doesn’t make it a gift in the slightest.

      As for your question as to whether it is logical to take road length into account, no it isn’t. The simple reason being that taking Hampton ‘village’, for example, which comprises the two wards of Hampton and Hampton North, it is perfectly clear that the number and total length of the roads contained therein far outstretch those contained with the Hampton Wick ‘Village’.

      So far from being munificence beyond the dreams of those who dare to dream, this is an unfair system where residents are being disadvantaged by what amounts to a postcode lottery – live in this ‘village’ and you’ve got a ten times greater chance to have your work done than somebody living in the adjacent ‘village’.

    • The Scout

      Totally agree with Gareth Roberts. By the way potholes effect human beings – we drive over them, they cost us in tyre wear and can cause accidents. There is a human cost involved We simply need the potholes repaired – or is the Council sitting on taxpayers’ money in order to give out a pretend rebate in May 2014?. Are we to be bought off so easily?

    • The Scout

      If you believe every word on the Council website then good luck to you.
      The money for potholes is taken from our Council tax. WE pay. The reason there are so many potholes is because the Council did nothing to make good after the winter of 2012/13. Now the Council is forced to act because the situation is so bad – and some idiots call the funding of this necessary duty of care as a gift.

    • boanerges

      I really think we should be grateful to a Council that allots extra money to mending potholes, without having raised council tax during their tenure (unlike the previous administration). Complaining about details is mere quibbling

    • boanerges

      On the contrary, Scout. We reported a pothole in our road after last winter, and it was given a temporary filling within days, and a permanent repair a few weeks later. I’m sure this wasn’t a one-off.
      I find that, in general, most of the time people complain that the Council hasn’t done “something”, that “something” hasn’t been reported to the Council

    • The Scout

      Lucky boy or girl! In January we reported a very large pothole, plus a crack in the road: reaction: zero.
      By the way what ever happened to a proactive Council; did you know that the Council has a duty of care?

  3. Rufus McDufus

    I nominated that irritating drain in the middle of Colne Road close to the Edwin Road junction heading east. I also dislike the drains on the Hampton Road heading south just before the Third Cross Road junction on the right – oh OK then, I’ll nominate them too!

    Love they way the online survey asks for your ethnicity – not quite sure what that has to do with mending potholes!

  4. The Scout

    How much does a pothole cost? And how may are there? Similar questions may be asked about our primary schools: how many schools, how many places – and oh yes how many children?
    Sats test coming up in the Spring Lord True – how good is your arithmetic? Remember you need to show your workings!