December 19 2012
Council highways bosses have warned that having to repair poorly relaid surfaces originally reinstated by utility companies costs taxpayers £218M a year and want more to be done so contractors can be held to account. They also said shoddy utility streetworks are stunting local growth.
The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales in conjunction with the Association of Convenience Stores surveyed hundreds of high street businesses across the country to assess the impact of nearby streetworks.
Utility companies are responsible for about 2M road openings a year. Though many are necessary, some could be avoided by better coordination between companies and 17% – 340,000 – are poorly resurfaced, meaning they have to be redone at the expense of local councils causing more traffic disruption and loss of earnings to local traders.
LGA proposals to improve the situation include:
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