Mar 21, 2013 Comments Off
We’ve heard from so many residents about the poor state of the roads and the neglect of Labour of keeping them up to scratch. I’ve been raising these issues with the Council for years, but the situation only seems to have got worse.
I, like many others, cycle to work each morning. But now I dread my daily cycle-commute across Reading’s deteriorating roads.
Before Christmas, I had reported several pot holes on Erleigh and Addington Road to the Council. A few of the worst offenders were filled but Council staff, but the majority were left – why they couldn’t fill them all in on the same stretch of road, I’ll never know. Since then, the covering has worn off, decaying the road surface further so that the section near Reading School is now more like a dirt track. I again reported this to the Council, but haven’t had a reply for almost a month!
I have seen several cyclists nearly fall or have to swerve onto the wrong side of the road, so that they avoid this mass of pot holes. It’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed. I’m also sure that car users can’t be impressed with the damage these pot holes are doing to their vehicles. So, I’ve submitted a question about this at the next full Council meeting: “When will this section of road be fixed?”
It’s worth noting that Labour-run Haringey Council have already been ordered to pay £1 million in compensation to a pedestrian that injured themselves crossing a pot holed road. Doing nothing is not an option.
No doubt Reading Labour will say it’s all because of the ‘Coalition cuts’ and not stand by their budget and their choice of budget priorities which have left our roads in a very sorry state.