Gloucestershire’s pothole plague isn’t as bad as it might appear, in part because “Cyclists don’t know what a pothole is” according to the Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Smith.
According to the charity, ‘We Are Cycling UK’, Gloucestershire is 121st out of 214 authorities for filling in potholes in England, Scotland and Wales. This puts the county in the third quartile for pothole repairs, with less than one in five reported potholes confirmed as repaired in the last year.
At last week’s County Council Cabinet meeting Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Gloucestershire Lib Dems Group Leader, questioned the man in charge of the county’s roads, asking him to account for this terrible record. However, in response, Cllr Smith stated that only the council’s own figures should be used, and that anyone else may use a ‘different criteria' for defining a pothole.
Responding, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water & Northleach) has said:
“This is yet another example of the Conservative-led council refusing to acknowledge that there is a critical problem with our highways in Gloucestershire. Clearly, council bosses believe that they hold a monopoly on knowledge in the county and show complete disdain for independent voices.”
“Speaking to residents on the doorstep the one issue which gets raised again and again is the terrible state of our roads and pavements. Yet despite this, the Conservatives keep saying that they are dealing with the problem. Gloucestershire’s residents deserve better than this and demand a road network fit for purpose.”