Sep 14 2011 By Camilla Goodman
CHESHAM's roads are not the worst in the county and will take about seven years to fix, Bucks County Council (BCC) said.
Several council officials and about 50 residents attended a meeting on the state of the town's roads called by Chesham mayor councillor Derek Lacey on Tuesday (Sep 13 night.)
The council explained it is rolling out a £25million two year plan to fix the county's roads.
BCC cabinet holder for planning and transportation Peter Hardy said: "£25million is only a drop in the ocean when it comes to repairing the roads and we will need five or seven years to get them back to the state they need to be in. You've every right to expect decent roads but I need time to do something about it and I ask you for patience."
Head of transport Jim Stevens stated that Chesham does not have the worst roads in the county and explained they hired an independent specialist who concluded they are no worse than the rest of Bucks.
The room was then filled with laughter from members of the public and one resident angrily exclaimed "you've spent public money unnecessarily" to which the council had no answer.
The floor was then opened to the public. One concerned cyclist said: "The roads here are diabolical, dangerous and lethal. I cannot express how angry I am. These roads are going to kill me. You're trying to encourage the use of cycling but you're going to kill someone and you will be held responsible. I've reported over 50 major defects since January, how many have been fixed 10, how many can kill me, more than 40."
Mr Stevens said: "I can't argue. It's an issue for all two wheeled users in Bucks." He then added they look at potholes from a car users prospective but said the council is reviewing the entire pothole policy.
Several residents walked out during the meeting exclaiming 'disgusting' or 'they're not taking it seriously.'
It was concluded by residents asking for another meeting next year to review the work. Mr Hardy agreed and said: "I can't promise it will be a different world but hopefully it will be a little bit better. We've taken away with us what you've told us and will implement it into our work."
Mr Hardy also agreed to go look at Chesham's potholes with Mr Lacey.
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Potholes are caused by water, ice and traffic.
BCC are rolling out a £25million two year project to fix the roads.
£15.8million is being spent county wide this year.
This year in Chesham £1.279million is being spent on planned and structured works.
Next year £400,000 is being spent.
£60,000 is being spent on routine and reactive work.
£480,000 has been spent county wide on compensation in the last 18 months.
In Bucks a category one pothole is 30cm in diameter and 4cm deep.
A resurfaced road is expected to last for 12 years.
Roads in Chesham fixed: Moor Road, Ashley Green, Great Hivings, Upper Belmont, Amy Lane.
Roads scheduled later in the year: Cholesbury Lane, Hawridge, Vale Road, Latimer Road, Woodland View with more work scheduled for February.