Kingston Conservatives record of Delivery: Roads
When we took control of the Council in 2014, roads up and down the Borough were a mess. Little to no extra investment had been delivered into them meaning that many were unsafe and potholes were everywhere.
So what’s the story with Kingston’s roads?
Every year the Council carries out maintenance to the roads it owns across the Borough. This is usually a fairly extensive list that goes through the relevant committees and neighbourhood committees before being approved. But under the Lib Dems a backlog was allowed to appear meaning that more and more roads were not being repaired on time.
What did the Conservatives do to fix the problem?
In 2014 on the election trail we pledged to invest an extra £1 million into the Borough’s roads helping to keep Kingston moving and making roads safer. We actually ended up delivering an extra £1.5 million which helped start to correct a number of the problems we were seeing on our roads. We’ve also begun to get a grip of the repairs backlog which had accumulated under the Lib Dems.
Has this actually made a difference to residents?
Since 2014 local Conservatives have been working hard to improve the vital roads that keep Kingston moving. We’ve resurfaced 22% more roads and filled 4,000 potholes an increase of 119% since 2015. Complaints about potholes have also declined by 43% for the period of 2015-17 compared to when the Lib Dems ran the Council.
Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Resident Services said,
The last Lib Dem administration cared little for the Borough’s roads and let a backlog of repairs accumulate meaning that residents suffered. Since 2014 we’ve put an end to that and have invested extra resources into the Borough’s roads. Not only has this made residents safer, its kept kingston moving meaning that residents can go about their lives more easily.