Chris White, County Councillor for St Albans Central, has lodged formal complaints with the county council over the failure of their contractors to fix the correct roads.
Chris said: ‘On Monday they managed simultaneously to waste public money in two different sets of streets.
‘In the Aboyne area, they have decided to resurface a number of roads – but only those which are not particularly damaged. Britton Avenue, which local residents and I have been complaining about for 18 months, is to be ignored.
‘In Albert Street they are resurfacing over a piece of road which is clearly suffering subsidence and will need to be dug up soon: I reported this as a problem 18 months ago but the county council can’t be bothered to take an interest.
‘So far, I have been fobbed off with an email which simply in effect declares “The Computer says no”. County Hall officials rarely come out to St Albans these days and have recently refused to speak to a local residents’ association.’
‘Meanwhile our precious council tax is wasted on frivolous schemes and in resurfacing roads which don’t need doing.’
The offending email is set out below:
Britton Avenue and Russell Avenue
Hertfordshire’s highway maintenance programmes are based on a technically-led approach which involves using robust data to make good, informed decisions about how we manage and maintain the highway network as effectively as possible within the available budget.
The condition of every public road in Hertfordshire is surveyed annually and the results of this survey are used as part of a process which considers current condition, likely future deterioration, usage, hierarchy, traffic, location etc., and suggests a programme of work to extend the life of the whole road network which our engineers then develop and refine. The programme is matched to the maintenance budget available and, since we cannot do everything that we would like to do all at once, we give priority to those projects which give the greatest long-term benefit based on the factors I mentioned above. The overall programme of road maintenance forms part of our published Integrated Works Programme for highway works for the next two years. As I mentioned previously we also consider possible works beyond this horizon for planning purposes but are unable to commit to, or comment on, these at this stage.
Because this technically-led approach focuses on the long-term impact of our decisions, we do not simply prioritise our programmes based on what appears to be most pressing at the moment but rather we look to pick the package of works, which, within the available budget, will give us the best long term result for the network. Every road is considered on its merits as part of the process, including Britton Avenue and Russell Avenue. For this reason Britton Avenue and part of Russell Avenue have not been included at the present time.
I trust that the above explains the process by which roads become part of the annual Integrated Works Programme.