Criticism of 'terrible' Portishead roads as Government pledges more cash

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 April 2018

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The 'terrible' state of Portishead's roads have been blasted by the town's Partners and Communities Together (PACT) chairman.

Nick Gough believes roads and pavements in the area are often not repaired properly by North Somerset Council.

He said: “Many people coming to our meetings are highlighting the terrible state of the roads and pavements in Portishead.

“Despite these being reported to North Somerset Council it seems there are criteria that have to be met before a repair is initiated.

“In many cases where potholes are concerned the council’s approach is to do a temporary repair which usually lasts around three months before they need doing again.

“Why not do it right the first time?

“It is the opinion of some residents in Portishead that North Somerset Council don’t allocate sufficient resources to the second largest town in North Somerset.”

Last year the council spent more than £270,000 on road maintenance in Portishead including resurfacing in Mead Road, George Street, Bruton Avenue and Denny Close.

The authority has also carried out a drainage survey in High Street, and repaired and repainted Wyndham Bridge.

A spokesman said: “Public demand is often to spend money immediately and make reactive repairs but evidence shows spending money on preventative and structural maintenance is much more cost-effective in the long term.

“We are committed to maintaining and improving roads across North Somerset.”

The council is also planning a £1million scheme to widen Wyndham Way to ease traffic congestion heading into Portishead.

It is also scheduled to resurface areas including Ferndale Road, Brendon Road, Tudor Road and Cotswold Close, and make repairs to Nore Road and Bristol Road.

The Department for Transport this week announced £100million will be split between local authorities to repair road damage caused by the recent severe winter weather.

North Somerset will benefit from almost £400,000 of this extra funding.

The next Portishead PACT meeting will be held at 7pm on May 31 at the Folk Hall in High Street.

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