7:50am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Letters
IN response to the letter from Will Vickery entitled ‘Repair our roads’ (Barry and District News, September 6).
Firstly, on the point of road tax and council tax, the revenues taken by these are not directly fed towards highways maintenance so there can be no direct correlation. Indeed, central government takes the revenue from road tax directly and not any individual council.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is mindful of the effects the recent harsh winters have had on the roads and the feedback from the public in light of this.
The council has over the last three years invested over £6.6 million in resurfacing and highway repairs, to address the deterioration of the road network. This has resulted in reduced numbers of potholes and a substantial improvement in the roads that received maintenance.
Potholes will unfortunately always occur in roads but I can assure you the council will continue to attend to them as required, and I would remind anyone wishing to report a pothole that they can do so either through the council website or through the One Vale Contact Centre on 01446 700 111.
I can further advise that the council continues with investment in the highway network with circa £7.5m being allocated over the next three years for resurfacing and pothole repairs, from which even greater improvement will be achieved.
Additionally the highways and engineering department will very shortly be launching a year-long targeted initiative to engage with the public in order to address their direct concerns relating to potholes. Watch the press for further details.
Andrew Loosemore Operational Manager Highways and Engineering Vale Council