Brighton and Hove shortchanged by pothole fund

Brighton and Hove shortchanged by pothole fund

Brighton and Hove shortchanged by pothole fund

First published in News by , local government reporter

Brighton and Hove will receive just over £250,000 from a £180 million Government fund to repair roads, it has been announced.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin made the announcement while telling local authorities to spend the money quickly in the wake of one of the wettest winters ever.

But from a £44 million budget for south east councils, Brighton and Hove will receive just £295,048.

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby said: “The condition of the roads is one of the issues most frequently raised with me by constituents when I ask them about their concerns.

“The problem is particularly bad in areas like East Saltdean and Peacehaven, and surfaces have deteriorated further after the recent severe weather.”

It was also announced that East Sussex County Council will receive £2,645,187 and West Sussex County Council £3,475,968.

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6:57am Tue 25 Mar 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Just under £300,000 would be more accurate than just over £250,000.
Just under £300,000 would be more accurate than just over £250,000. Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 9

7:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

roystony says...

I bet the greens spend it to create a new small cycle lane, spending most of it on planning and a vote.
I bet the greens spend it to create a new small cycle lane, spending most of it on planning and a vote. roystony
  • Score: 16

8:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

Pitviper says...

Government is too scared the Greens will spend it on hare brained projects!
Government is too scared the Greens will spend it on hare brained projects! Pitviper
  • Score: 9

9:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Short-changed? So BHCC got less then they asked for but that isn't short-changed! Buy something for £9.98, hand over a £20. note and only get two pennies change is short-changed!
Short-changed? So BHCC got less then they asked for but that isn't short-changed! Buy something for £9.98, hand over a £20. note and only get two pennies change is short-changed! mimseycal
  • Score: 0

9:14am Tue 25 Mar 14

NickBtn says...

Pitviper wrote:
Government is too scared the Greens will spend it on hare brained projects!
And perhaps also concerned what has happened to the money they have already given us. Millions for the Lewes Road "improvements" yet no resurfacing and pot holes left. Some large enough that I have had to drive into the bus lane to avoid them...

Perhaps the government wonders how the Lewes Road scheme cost so much yet left the road in a terrible state.
[quote][p][bold]Pitviper[/bold] wrote: Government is too scared the Greens will spend it on hare brained projects![/p][/quote]And perhaps also concerned what has happened to the money they have already given us. Millions for the Lewes Road "improvements" yet no resurfacing and pot holes left. Some large enough that I have had to drive into the bus lane to avoid them... Perhaps the government wonders how the Lewes Road scheme cost so much yet left the road in a terrible state. NickBtn
  • Score: 11

9:25am Tue 25 Mar 14

Eugenius says...

This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now.
This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now. Eugenius
  • Score: 0

10:01am Tue 25 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Eugenius wrote:
This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now.
All of which will in all probability end up being frittered away and we will still have potholes!

Didn't I read somewhere about motorists who, successfully, took the local roads agency to court for damage to their vehicles? I'll have to see if I can find that again and look in to it. My poor wheelchair is being damaged by all this constant rattling along the substandard pavements, footpaths and roads in this city, hmmmmmm .....
[quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now.[/p][/quote]All of which will in all probability end up being frittered away and we will still have potholes! Didn't I read somewhere about motorists who, successfully, took the local roads agency to court for damage to their vehicles? I'll have to see if I can find that again and look in to it. My poor wheelchair is being damaged by all this constant rattling along the substandard pavements, footpaths and roads in this city, hmmmmmm ..... mimseycal
  • Score: 4

10:11am Tue 25 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

Baffled of Brighton wrote:
Just under £300,000 would be more accurate than just over £250,000.
Not by Argus logic. Figures are rounded up of down based on what is most likely to make people feel outraged.
[quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: Just under £300,000 would be more accurate than just over £250,000.[/p][/quote]Not by Argus logic. Figures are rounded up of down based on what is most likely to make people feel outraged. Gribbet
  • Score: 3

10:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

Eugenius says...

mimseycal wrote:
Eugenius wrote:
This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now.
All of which will in all probability end up being frittered away and we will still have potholes!

Didn't I read somewhere about motorists who, successfully, took the local roads agency to court for damage to their vehicles? I'll have to see if I can find that again and look in to it. My poor wheelchair is being damaged by all this constant rattling along the substandard pavements, footpaths and roads in this city, hmmmmmm .....
There's £200k earmarked for pavement improvements this year, additional to the work going on around Brighton station.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: This latest grant was specifically for flood damaged roads - I guess other areas were worse affected than Brighton & Hove. But it comes on top of £325,000 recently allocated for pot hole repairs in the city in 2014/15 so there is a decent fund now.[/p][/quote]All of which will in all probability end up being frittered away and we will still have potholes! Didn't I read somewhere about motorists who, successfully, took the local roads agency to court for damage to their vehicles? I'll have to see if I can find that again and look in to it. My poor wheelchair is being damaged by all this constant rattling along the substandard pavements, footpaths and roads in this city, hmmmmmm .....[/p][/quote]There's £200k earmarked for pavement improvements this year, additional to the work going on around Brighton station. Eugenius
  • Score: 0

10:25am Tue 25 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Sure ... Do you know that there is a two year waiting list for dropped kerbs alone?
Sure ... Do you know that there is a two year waiting list for dropped kerbs alone? mimseycal
  • Score: -1

11:11am Tue 25 Mar 14

paul76 says...

Another way for the Greens to get cars out of the town. Let the potholes grow so bad that people will no longer want or be able to drive on the roads.
Another way for the Greens to get cars out of the town. Let the potholes grow so bad that people will no longer want or be able to drive on the roads. paul76
  • Score: 4

11:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

Bugzy84 says...

It's a pity, the Greens had the opportunity to completely transform the city using new technologies, replace the crumbling +150 yrs infrastructure and leave a lasting legacy, but they just turned into yet another party following the status quo and approving gimmicky tourist traps.
Good that the potholes will be fixed but it is rather like putting a sticky bandage on a broken leg.
It's a pity, the Greens had the opportunity to completely transform the city using new technologies, replace the crumbling +150 yrs infrastructure and leave a lasting legacy, but they just turned into yet another party following the status quo and approving gimmicky tourist traps. Good that the potholes will be fixed but it is rather like putting a sticky bandage on a broken leg. Bugzy84
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Mr P Brown says...

What they need to properly repair roads is a few million, and we all know where a few million are going to be wasted don't we? The sooner we get rid of this bunch of idiots the better
What they need to properly repair roads is a few million, and we all know where a few million are going to be wasted don't we? The sooner we get rid of this bunch of idiots the better Mr P Brown
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DougM says...

Car drivers wreck the roads, car drivers moan about paying for the repair work. Next story please.
Car drivers wreck the roads, car drivers moan about paying for the repair work. Next story please. DougM
  • Score: 1

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