Twenty seven pavements to benefit from half a million pounds of improvements

Release Date: 23 June 2017

Twenty seven pavements across the borough will benefit from an additional half a million pounds of improvements, thanks to Richmond Council.

Earlier this year 1342 people nominated 498 local pavements for repair as part of the Council’s Community Pavement Repair Fund.

Now in its sixth successive year, the Fund is £500,000 put aside for the community to nominate smaller pavement fixes in their local area. Each village will then receive £35,000 over the coming year for the repairs. Fixes could include replacing damaged paving slabs, replacing blacktop infills or eliminating standing water. Funding is directed to those eligible pavements that had the strongest level of support through the nomination process.

The funding is in addition to more than £3.7m allocated within the Planned Highway Maintenance Programme, which is the Council’s overall budget for improving pavements and roads each year.

Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member Highways and Streetscene for Richmond Council, said:

"The Community Pavement Repair Fund gives residents that all important say in determining spending priorities. We have set £500,000 aside for this programme, separate from the £3.7m the Council has allocated for planned road and pavement repairs in 2017/18.

"Since nominations closed the Council’s Highways officers have worked hard to inspect the most frequently mentioned roads across the borough and produce cost estimates. I’m very pleased that the Council will now be starting work improving the locations that residents have identified in each village.

"We know that residents want to see more done to repair pavements that are used day-in, day-out, and so that is what we are doing. This is another demonstration of our commitment to listen to our residents and direct resources to areas of greatest concern.”

Notes for editors

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View details of successful nominations.

Reference: P291/17

Updated: 30 June 2017