Constituents have asked me to encourage higher standards of road maintenance. I was pleased to report some time ago that West Berkshire (and Wokingham) received additional money from the government to help deal with last winter’s damage to the roads. I have now received the following from the Council. it is good news that the government thinks they have done a good job. It also serves to remind constituents that if you still find an annoying pothole, please report it so the Council can fix it.
The Council writes:
“West Berkshire Council’s policy of fixing potholes right first time has won praise – and cash – from the government. In July, West Berkshire was awarded £800,000 from the Department for Transport to help with pothole repairs across the district’s roads. Now, a letter from the department’s head of highways maintenance, has confirmed that West Berkshire’s approach of mending road defects right first time combined with its good asset management for preventative road maintenance, were among the reasons it got more cash than many other councils, and why it is ranked in the top quarter of councils in the country that were considered for pothole repairs. The department’s complex scoring system for the rankings included an assessment of whether councils have an efficient system in place for road users to report defects – which West Berkshire has through, among other things, a ‘report a pothole’ link on its website where people can pinpoint the location via an online map.”