Fed up with potholes – we are too!
Government funding cuts and pressures from other services such as social care means there isn’t enough money to pay for all the work which needs doing on our roads.
However, a new single council for Buckinghamshire would save at least £18m per year – money which the new council could decide to put into more road resurfacing.
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Highway Asset Management
Buckinghamshire County Council's 3,200 kilometres of highway infrastructure is its most valuable asset, valued at £4.2billion. It provides a transportation network for both businesses and individuals. It supports many of the objectives set out in the County Council's Strategic Plan (2017-20):
- Repair our highways (roads, footpaths, street lights, bridges and drainage)
- Improved Road and Rail Connectivity
- Protecting our High Quality Natural Environment
- The Creation of More Jobs for Local People
- Buckinghamshire Communities are Safe Places to Live
Maintaining our roads, footpaths, cyclepaths and other highways infrastructure (such as bridges and signs) is important to ensure they remain safe and accessible to users. Well maintained roads and footpaths deliver wide ranging benefits in supporting businesses, developing Buckinghamshire's economy, and enabling residents and visitors to enjoy its attractions and leisure facilities, including shopping.
The County Council has recently adopted an Asset Management Policy and Strategy. These documents set out the common sense actions and activities which are already underway. They endorse and outline the principles of what we are trying to achieve and how we intend to achieve it. We take a rigorous, data driven approach to understanding the condition and needs of the highways network. This will provide assurance to Members that programmes of work are selected and prioritised in a consistent manner based on sound information. Work programmes are designed to contribute to achieving the objectives of the Council based on our condition information and an understanding of the needs of the Community.