£1m-plus to be spent on road resurfacing in the Vale in 2017/18 under new plans

30 June 2017

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to bring forward £500,000 of spending to undertake additional much needed highway maintenance.


Pothole being filledIf new spending plans to be considered next week are approved this would bring the total due to be spent on resurfacing in 2017/18 to at least £1m.


Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said: “There is clearly a greater need for resurfacing roads and pavements throughout the Vale than was allowed for in the spending programme previously agreed.


"This is why I have established this new road resurfacing fund. 


“This is an area of the Council’s work that we know to be one of residents’ top priorities, and so in addition to bringing funding forward I am commissioning a review of future funding arrangements for highway repairs. In the report to cabinet I will also be indicating my intention to set an additional £500,000 aside to continue the successful Big Fill initiative into 2018/19.”  


Cllr Geoff Cox, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said: “This acceleration of planned resurfacing and further consideration of plans is greatly needed and with the current backlog of repairs in the Vale it was imperative that this council acted quickly. 


“The additional money will be spent wisely throughout the Vale. The highways team will be using objective criteria to assess the roads most in need of repair and so ensure that the areas that most need this investment will be those that benefit. I will be presenting an updated three year highway maintenance plan to cabinet this summer setting out an order of priority for the enhanced resurfacing programme.”


This is one of a number of changes proposed in the Council’s capital spending programme from 2017/18 which will be considered at a meeting of the authority’s cabinet on 03 July 2017.


Additional monies have also been made available for Dinas Powys to Cardiff bus priority measures and the Harbour Road car park cycleway at Barry Island.