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Councillor Expects Large Repair Bill After Long Winter

Wednesday May 8 2013

Cllr Roy Miller Cllr Roy Miller

A COUNCILLOR has warned that there will be a 'large bill' for the repair of the borough's roads following the prolonged cold spell this winter.

At a council meeting last Thursday, Cllr Roy Miller said roads will have suffered because of the long cold snap, and initial talks with highways officers suggest they're going to be 'in a bad way'.

Despite the warning, Cllr Miller praised council staff for keeping roads open, which he said had cost the authority more than £1 million.

"I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff of the council," he said. "So far this year it has cost us £1.2 million in keeping our roads in Barnsley open."

He explained how gritting had started earlier than usual, beginning in November, and the final grit had been carried out in the second week of April.

Seven new gritting vehicles were used and Cllr Miller said gritting had taken place on more than 100 occasions - more than double the 48 times the previous year.

To keep the roads open, about 9,400 tonnes of rock salt was used - trebling last winter's amount.

In preparation for the coming winter, the council is considering buying snow blower vehicles due to the drifts experienced this year. In some places they were up to seven feet and blocked some roads and homes in the west of the borough.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday May 8 2013 at 17:03
Yes like the long bill I got for new tyers damaged by potholes.

Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 08:55
ıf you all stop fıddlıng it wouldnt be a problem would ıt

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday May 8 2013 at 17:42
The council could substantially reduce it's future road repair bill by actively ensuring that when any contractor digs up the borough's roads that the quality of repair is good. So many repairs are poor from day 1.

With a good repair you shouldn't be able to tell you are driving over it and once a road is badly repaired the water starts to get in & cause damage over a much wider area.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Thursday May 9 2013 at 08:50
Kop out again by BMBC, they only make excuses these days. Worst Roads in the country in my humble opinion, south yorkshire is the worst county in the country according to a survey done on potholes.

I'm on my third trackrod end in 2 years - I never used to have those replaced, one even snapped after hitting a pothole.

I just spent a week in the lake district, an area that has more snow, more ice and colder winters than us, Driving along roads that were b roads and rarely maintained I noticed hardly potholes. On the main busy A roads I noticed no pothole. Infact north of this town and the roads improved significantly.

Reply Posted by les on Monday May 13 2013 at 18:37
You can bet your life there will be a big bill
between the concill the highways and police . They make mrs beetons cooked books look like pure fantasy

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 11:54
Years of neglect is the real problem with Barnsley's roads. If the council spent more money on roads and the things the people need instead of luxury offices and new town halls for themselves and their council cronies the borough would be a much better place to live for everybody.