Release Date: 25/05/2012
Over the past six weeks over 600 residents have suggested which footpaths and roads in their local area should be improved and repaired.
As part of the Council’s drive to improve the environment of the borough and after listening to comments from its ‘All in One’ consultation, an annual community road and pavement funding pot of £35,000 has been made available for highway maintenance in each of the fourteen village areas in the borough.
Since April, residents from each village have submitted their ideas and responses have included complaints with potholes, trip hazards caused by uneven pavements, and problems with tree roots.
Over the next few weeks all the suggestions will be evaluated and the final decisions made as to where the funding in each village should be allocated. The successful suggestions will be published online in June, with all works being completed within this financial year.
Cllr Chris Harrison, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
“In the All in One survey, people said that the condition of pavements and footpaths was among their top concerns, with thirty per cent of residents saying pavements should be improved and twenty per cent highlighting roads.
“The Council has already made a very significant annual increase in the normal budget for footpath and roadway works, with additional funding being provided over the coming years. However, we do need to focus our resources on the busiest roads and those in most need of repair. Therefore, some smaller residential roads do not always receive as much attention as we would like.
“This new community fund really gives the local community an opportunity to highlight the key areas where they think we should focus our resources.”
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Business and Culture, added:
“The response has been a phenomenal success, demonstrating real localism in action. We have always said that we want people to work with us, getting involved in the decision making process. This is another example of the community working alongside the Council to make real changes in their local area.”