Bucks Delivers Spate of Pavement Repair
Work is underway on a £2.5 million programme to improve pavement surfaces across Buckinghamshire.
County Councillors have identified 49 locations for the footway treatment programme to tackle between now and March next year.
Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has already started work. Last week (August 19-28) pavements in Spenser Road Aylesbury were repaired and this week (August 29-September 5) work began on pavements in Broughton Avenue Aylesbury.
Also on the schedule for pavement treatment this week are: Treachers Close Chesham; Page Hill Avenue Buckingham; Packhorse Road Gerrards Cross; Burkes Road Beaconsfield.
When County Council budgets were set earlier this year Member agreed substantial investment was required to stop pavements deteriorating.
They agreed to earmark £1.7m for work during 2014/15 with additional money each year for the next three years. Since this announcement the budget for footway works in 2014/15 has been increased to £2.5m.
Pavements prioritised for treatment have been chosen by County Councillors each Councillor nominating two sites in their division for inclusion in a rolling programme of work in the next two years.
Cabinet Member for Transport Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said: It is fantastic to see footways across the county getting the attention they deserve. With the additional money that has been spent on road repairs over the last few years it is great to see good work now being done on the footways too.
Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) warmly welcomed the programme. Chair of Trustees Andrew Clark said: We are pleased that TfB is has started a programme to maintain Bucks footways. People in Bucks with a mobility impairment or who use a wheelchair are frequently disabled by poor pavement surfaces and lack of dropped kerbs and so this programme is really important in giving disabled residents the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”