None of the roads in Bradley Stoke warrant being considered for repair, according to a report presented to last week’s meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum.
Councillors on the Forum, which covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne, were given £60,000 to allocate to highway maintenance schemes in the area and they were asked to choose from a list of 43 candidate schemes, prioritised according to a scoring system devised by South Gloucestershire Council’s engineers.
But with not a single Bradley Stoke road appearing on the list, our five District Councillors were left to weigh up the needs of our neighbouring parishes.
On the grounds that a lack of local interest made him “impartial”, Bradley Stoke South Cllr John Ashe had taken it upon himself to draw up a suggested list of seven schemes prior to the meeting and, in contrast to previous meetings of the Area Forum where the different political groups have talked down schemes in parishes governed by their opponents, agreement on Cllr Ashe’s proposal was reached relatively quickly.
The outcome was that three roads (one in each of Filton, Winterbourne and Frenchay) are to be resurfaced and four sections of pavement (one in Filton and three in Stoke Gifford) will be reconstructed or resurfaced during 2013/14.
Patchway, despite having three schemes on the list, missed out – justified on the grounds that a Patchway road had been selected for resurfacing at the Area Forum’s September meeting.
A highways engineer present at the meeting explained that South Gloucestershire Council has a budget of around £2.5 million to maintain 1,500km of roads in the district. Pointing out that a single scheme (resurfacing part of the A38 in Patchway) had consumed £0.5 million of this year’s budget, he admitted: “We really haven’t got enough money”.
Records on the SGC website show that none of the Council’s central highway maintenance budget was allocated to Bradley Stoke for 2011/12 or 2012/13.
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