CONSERVATIVE Transport spokesperson, Councillor Pauline Tolson, has welcomed the news that the Conservative-led Government has again allocated money destined for pothole repairs to Thurrock Council. Cllr Tolson said “Numerous roads in the borough were in very poor condition last winter and, despite potholes being reported, they were taking too long to be repaired. To receive additional money really is very good news – we have received £258,594 to improve our roads which will in turn keep our motorists and road users safe whilst travelling around the borough.”
Last year Thurrock Council received £211,000 to help with extra winter maintenance from the Government. However, despite this extra money, the amount of insurance claims against Thurrock Council has more than doubled since 2011 claim the Tories. For the last financial year there were 160 claims made to the Council by motorists, cyclists or pedestrians who have sustained damage to their vehicle or themselves as a result of potholes or imperfections in road surfaces.
Cllr Tolson went on to say “This funding is for all the borough and I would urge road users who see a fault developing or a pothole to report it to the Council either by telephone, by using the council’s website, or report it to your local councillor. Whilst I am very pleased with extra money from government, we need this Labour Council to spend less money on consultants and more on maintaining our roads and reducing the number of insurance claims. Rather than spend a staggering £550 per day for one consultant, it should spend the money allocated for highways fairly across Thurrock roads before the insurance claims bill goes higher and higher at the expense of our taxpayers.”