£12 million extra provided by government for Somerset road repairs

£12 million extra provided by government for Somerset road repairs

£12 million extra provided by government for Somerset road repairs

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THE government announced that it was giving Somerset an extra £12 million to help repair the roads.

The additional funding was announced in Wednesday’s Budget and forms part of a supplementary £183 million being made available to local authorities to repair weather-damaged roads, £80 million of it specifically for those areas particularly badly affected by the storms and floods.

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said: “Although the clean-up is well underway it is clear the local road network has suffered extensive damage and repairing it is going to be a major task.

“But in the same way as the government has ring-fenced part of this cash allocation for the worst flood-hit zones, I expect to see Somerset county council setting aside the major proportion of the £12 million specifically to address the damage on the Levels.”

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9:49am Wed 26 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

It's all very well The Central Government allocating extra resources to SCC as a result of the Extreme Weather Conditions and Local Flood ing resulting in Road and Rail disruption and Damage !!!!This , I welcome and can see the requirement, However, this does not answer the Fundemental Question, that I have out to SCC, over the last 12 + Months, as to how and Where they Spend the Allocated Annual Highways Budget from Central Government, not only this last year but indeed for the Past 3-5 years.
They, responded with typical Statistics, that tell you nothing, a list of Street names, with no indexation of actual Highways Works Done, Costs, or Type of Structual repairs undertaken.
Of this Original Annual Government Rebate of Our Taxes Returned for this Purpose, we in Bridgwater, like Taunton are Supposed to have a 17.3-5 % allocation of this Monies.
As, many Residents in Bridgwater, if not all will AGREE, that there is little or no evidence of Highway Work Carried out over the Last 2 years, in Bridgwater.
Please ,do not be Sucked in with Any work that may have been Carried out for Say Morrison 's Distribution Depot and Kings Down Housing Estate on Bristol Rd, or the New Bridgwater Hospital, Bath Rd as this is Paid for by the Developers, by 106 Financial Planning Agreements, subject to the Planning Conditions, at the time of the Planning Applications.......
I have Vented, my concerns in previous Post re The State of Our Bridgwater Roads, and the Fact that it has taken SCC, over a Year to do the Cranleigh Grd's Itself, from Briadway - St John St. Only now, after the Taunton , Wellington and other Locations Outside of Bridgwater, have been Repaired, do we get the End of the Highways Kitty, spent on One Rd, b4 Aprils. New Allocation of Funding 2014-15...........
Having now spoken and Written to The Leader and Deputy @ SCC, in January, I am still awaiting, a further meeting, which I postponed, due to the Local Flooding Disaster, but have Heard nothing to Date. !!!!!!!
I received, a phone call from Member of the Highways SCC, re a further report By Telephone, 3 times re the Traffic Lights @ Taunton Rd / Broadway and the Lights @ Colley Lane Broadway, being out of Sync, for many weeks now. causing Traffic delays along the Broadway, backed up to Canon Roundabout, in one Direction, up over Broadway to North St and problems with Traffic egress on to Broadway from St John St......backed up to Co -Op on Westonzoyland Rd. The Officer from SCC, tried to tell me there was now problem Showing, the Lights " Had Been Tweaked " last July to take into account the Provision for expected EDF Highway Traffic Management ???
" Tweaked" yes that is all they are planning to Do , or Not for the Traffic Mitigation to us in and around Bridgwater, to Live and Work with the Extra Traffic , with relation to the EDF Hinkley C Construction, for the next Minimum 10 years, of traffic Hell........
When as a Former Councillor, We were informed that we were to be in line for a New Traffic Light Upgrade, like Tauntons " Scoot System, or similar, well we are still awaiting.......
This SCC Officer told me on the Telephone that they get no funding from. 106 Monies for the Highways ' Improvements ' that All Developers are Forced to Pay to SCC with in their Application, SCC take the Responsibility, for enforcing Complience, writing the Legal requirements into the Planning Conscent, so Just where do these Monies Go ???????????? The Officer Said they have No Funding to upgrade Traffic Lights etc !!!!!!! Needs looking into further, and I Will, they will not Fob me Off , anymore.....
Just go to Taunton, and see all the New Link roads, no potholes, bus pull in Lay-bys all nicely Tarmac.
Will all our Residence Please Sign the
EGov Petition, asking for a re-look as to the Need for The Bridgwater By-Pass
As it requires 100.000 Signatures to trigger the Action that will cause this to be re looked into, as to the Need..........There is still plenty of Time for a road to be Built and Constructed, Better Late , Than Never !!!!!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
It's all very well The Central Government allocating extra resources to SCC as a result of the Extreme Weather Conditions and Local Flood ing resulting in Road and Rail disruption and Damage !!!!This , I welcome and can see the requirement, However, this does not answer the Fundemental Question, that I have out to SCC, over the last 12 + Months, as to how and Where they Spend the Allocated Annual Highways Budget from Central Government, not only this last year but indeed for the Past 3-5 years. They, responded with typical Statistics, that tell you nothing, a list of Street names, with no indexation of actual Highways Works Done, Costs, or Type of Structual repairs undertaken. Of this Original Annual Government Rebate of Our Taxes Returned for this Purpose, we in Bridgwater, like Taunton are Supposed to have a 17.3-5 % allocation of this Monies. As, many Residents in Bridgwater, if not all will AGREE, that there is little or no evidence of Highway Work Carried out over the Last 2 years, in Bridgwater. Please ,do not be Sucked in with Any work that may have been Carried out for Say Morrison 's Distribution Depot and Kings Down Housing Estate on Bristol Rd, or the New Bridgwater Hospital, Bath Rd as this is Paid for by the Developers, by 106 Financial Planning Agreements, subject to the Planning Conditions, at the time of the Planning Applications....... I have Vented, my concerns in previous Post re The State of Our Bridgwater Roads, and the Fact that it has taken SCC, over a Year to do the Cranleigh Grd's Itself, from Briadway - St John St. Only now, after the Taunton , Wellington and other Locations Outside of Bridgwater, have been Repaired, do we get the End of the Highways Kitty, spent on One Rd, b4 Aprils. New Allocation of Funding 2014-15........... Having now spoken and Written to The Leader and Deputy @ SCC, in January, I am still awaiting, a further meeting, which I postponed, due to the Local Flooding Disaster, but have Heard nothing to Date. !!!!!!! I received, a phone call from Member of the Highways SCC, re a further report By Telephone, 3 times re the Traffic Lights @ Taunton Rd / Broadway and the Lights @ Colley Lane Broadway, being out of Sync, for many weeks now. causing Traffic delays along the Broadway, backed up to Canon Roundabout, in one Direction, up over Broadway to North St and problems with Traffic egress on to Broadway from St John St......backed up to Co -Op on Westonzoyland Rd. The Officer from SCC, tried to tell me there was now problem Showing, the Lights " Had Been Tweaked " last July to take into account the Provision for expected EDF Highway Traffic Management ??? " Tweaked" yes that is all they are planning to Do , or Not for the Traffic Mitigation to us in and around Bridgwater, to Live and Work with the Extra Traffic , with relation to the EDF Hinkley C Construction, for the next Minimum 10 years, of traffic Hell........ When as a Former Councillor, We were informed that we were to be in line for a New Traffic Light Upgrade, like Tauntons " Scoot System, or similar, well we are still awaiting....... This SCC Officer told me on the Telephone that they get no funding from. 106 Monies for the Highways ' Improvements ' that All Developers are Forced to Pay to SCC with in their Application, SCC take the Responsibility, for enforcing Complience, writing the Legal requirements into the Planning Conscent, so Just where do these Monies Go ???????????? The Officer Said they have No Funding to upgrade Traffic Lights etc !!!!!!! Needs looking into further, and I Will, they will not Fob me Off , anymore..... Just go to Taunton, and see all the New Link roads, no potholes, bus pull in Lay-bys all nicely Tarmac. Will all our Residence Please Sign the EGov Petition, asking for a re-look as to the Need for The Bridgwater By-Pass As it requires 100.000 Signatures to trigger the Action that will cause this to be re looked into, as to the Need..........There is still plenty of Time for a road to be Built and Constructed, Better Late , Than Never !!!!!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

10:12am Wed 26 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

It is like the £97 Million pound Flood Emergency 20 year Plan, drawn up by SCC, / Environment Agency Lead Partners, along with other interested Parties...........
From the Outset, it seems that they Still are only planning to Dredge 8 Kilometers either side of BurrowBridge, not the entire Length, as Most interested Parties, landowners Villagers require, and possibly so will their Insurance Companies, in order for such to offer Further Cover.
SCC, have built into this figure a Sum to raise the -A361 Othery -Taunton, and Seven Bends From Aller -Othery, Well, if the Rivers are dredged Properly, and the Entire length, and On a regular Basis, along with the Proper pumping off the Moors of any surpluses of rain water Laying, into the King Sedgemoor Drain, and Also the Proper management of The Tones Water, not just as they did Lowering the Spillway ???? So that the Water Spilled onto MiddleMoor, Curry moor etc, in a fashion that was Manmade, by the E Agency, their actions or Inactions Caused Devastation to all those Homes and Businesses that Flooded not only this year !but last years 1/100 year exceptional weather !!!!!
So SCC, instead of reverting to tried and Tested Practices that ensured the Water management of our Ditches , Rivers, were managed by the Local Drainage boards with years of local Knowledge , gained over many periods of Drought and Wet Weather Patterns. But they Know Best ????? !!!!! Do They ????????
It appears they have plans to raise these 2 roads, at what Cost ????? Just so that Taunton Does not get isolated, as people might come to Bridgwater, if they cannot get to the County Town, without a Detour........
Well if the Surplus water Management is Effective, the Rivers Dredged, the Pumps kept in place ready for future Emergency, next year ????? Pre armed , is pre Warned, and Ready ,. Failing to prepare !! Is Preparing to fail, ?? As I was taught in management training !!!!!! Many years ago.
So to waste scarce resources on uplifting these roads is Wasting Our Money, as allocated, but it will go ahead, I'm Sure !!!!!!!
David L Preece
Blue -Owl
It is like the £97 Million pound Flood Emergency 20 year Plan, drawn up by SCC, / Environment Agency Lead Partners, along with other interested Parties........... From the Outset, it seems that they Still are only planning to Dredge 8 Kilometers either side of BurrowBridge, not the entire Length, as Most interested Parties, landowners Villagers require, and possibly so will their Insurance Companies, in order for such to offer Further Cover. SCC, have built into this figure a Sum to raise the -A361 Othery -Taunton, and Seven Bends From Aller -Othery, Well, if the Rivers are dredged Properly, and the Entire length, and On a regular Basis, along with the Proper pumping off the Moors of any surpluses of rain water Laying, into the King Sedgemoor Drain, and Also the Proper management of The Tones Water, not just as they did Lowering the Spillway ???? So that the Water Spilled onto MiddleMoor, Curry moor etc, in a fashion that was Manmade, by the E Agency, their actions or Inactions Caused Devastation to all those Homes and Businesses that Flooded not only this year !but last years 1/100 year exceptional weather !!!!! So SCC, instead of reverting to tried and Tested Practices that ensured the Water management of our Ditches , Rivers, were managed by the Local Drainage boards with years of local Knowledge , gained over many periods of Drought and Wet Weather Patterns. But they Know Best ????? !!!!! Do They ???????? It appears they have plans to raise these 2 roads, at what Cost ????? Just so that Taunton Does not get isolated, as people might come to Bridgwater, if they cannot get to the County Town, without a Detour........ Well if the Surplus water Management is Effective, the Rivers Dredged, the Pumps kept in place ready for future Emergency, next year ????? Pre armed , is pre Warned, and Ready ,. Failing to prepare !! Is Preparing to fail, ?? As I was taught in management training !!!!!! Many years ago. So to waste scarce resources on uplifting these roads is Wasting Our Money, as allocated, but it will go ahead, I'm Sure !!!!!!! David L Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -5

10:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

swjoduk says...

Bla bla bla, we can't be bothered to read your long rants owly. Give it a rest!
Bla bla bla, we can't be bothered to read your long rants owly. Give it a rest! swjoduk
  • Score: 2

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