A plan to spend an additional £2million on improving roads and pavements around Brent has been agreed.
The council’s Cabinet has agreed an additional £2million, on top of the existing £3.55million annual budget, to improve the maintenance and upkeep of roads and pavements around the borough. The report agreed by the Council also sets out ways of moving to a more evidence-based approach to how the council plans improvements.
The council says that although Brent is performing better than the London average for the state of its main roads, the number of faults being identified and reported on the roads is on the rise, and they want to improve how they tackle potholes and cracked, rocking or protruding slabs on roads and pavements.
The report says the £2million cash boost will allow the council to extend the life of roads and pavements and reduce the need for multiple return visits. This will mean that more can be done to reduce trip hazards and potentially damaging potholes, and to keep the streets of Brent safe for all to use.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The state of the roads around the country is a really hot topic and, although we do perform well on a London-wide level, residents have told us that they want to see the council doing more. Bringing all of our roads and pavements up to scratch would cost £100m. Improving our processes and using more cost effective materials will make sure that the funding we do have is used as efficiently as possible.”
The plan will see slabs being replaced with tarmac when doing full pavement renewals in some places, which, says the council, will help to make pavements more resilient and durable, and fit for purpose for the demands of today. This is also cheaper, meaning more pavements can be repaired.
This should also mean less congestion from repeat maintenance works.
Cllr Southwood concluded: “With this extra investment and better ways of working, I hope we’ll see a borough which is more accessible with far fewer potholes and pavement trips.”