After nine and a half months of Amey operating the county’s highways contract, the Liberal Democrats on Gloucestershire County Council have run out of patience with excuses for under performance.
Shadow Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton-on-the-water and Northleach) will at tomorrow’s Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee voice disappointment over failing performance targets.
Once again, performance targets for highways have been missed. For example, the percentage target of 28 day highway defects being repaired or made safe should be 96%, but in quarter 1 this was 71%. Quarter 2has seen an improvement, but the target has still not been reached.
Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson said that “We’re fed up with the excuses that are continually being made by Amey. First we were told that there had to be a ‘bedding in’ period for the new contract, then, customer service issues, now we are being told that there are ‘data errors’ and that the system has to be ‘cleansed’.
“I’ve run out of patience listening to excuses and so have many residents who want their roads fixed in a timely and efficient manner.
“It does seem that the contractor’s performance is better than at the start of the current council year, which I’m pleased about, but the time for excuses is over. I’d like to know exactly what the Conservative administration is going to do next to force the contractor to improve again.”
Leader, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton said: “Enough is enough. It is a simple message for Amey to improve or be hit my more financial penalties.
“It is time for Amey to stop making excuses and get on with repairing footpaths and roads on time and to the very highest of standards.”
A discussion of Amey’s performance being led by the Liberal Democrats will be debated by all elected members at the next full council meeting on Wednesday 18th February at Shire Hall.