Members choose their ‘worst roads’

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COUNTY councillors have been asked to draw up a ‘hit list’ of roads they think are a priority for repairs.

Each councillor’s hit list is being considered by officers and a final list of priorities is being compiled at the moment, with work to be carried out between July and October.

David Rowlands, county councillor for Winslow and newly appointed public transport spokesman, said: “The county council has made road repairs across the whole of Bucks a major priority.

“All the county councillors were asked to submit to council transport officers a list of five roads within their area.

“Council officers will have to cost all these roads and draw up a list across the whole of the county.”

Mr Rowlands’ top five include the A421 between the Whaddon and Bottledump roundabouts – a stretch of road he described as “awful”.

His other top choices were Little Horwood Road, in Winslow, High Street, Great Horwood, the ring road to the east of Buckingham and Magpie Way in Winslow.

County councillor for Buckingham South, Hedley Cadd, told the Advertiser his top priority was Hillesden, and another was London Road, Buckingham.

David Polhill, county councillor for Buckingham North and chairman of the Local Area Forum, said: “I’ve picked roads that definitely need doing because they’re quite hazardous.

“My first priority is the road from Botolph Claydon to Quainton. It’s been a disgrace for months, if not years. Another one I suggested was Foscote Way on Page Hill.”

The money for road repairs has been made available by the new leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett. Mr Polhill pointed out that this means it has had to be taken away from other projects including the Speed Limit Review, which has been delayed until 2012.

County councillor for Grendon Underwood, John Cartwright, said his top choice was the road between Edgcott and Buckingham.

He said: “It goes round a series of S-bends and it’s known locally as ‘Bomb Alley’ because it’s so bad.”

His other choices included two in the Claydons and the Winchenden crossroads on the A41, which he said has “masses of potholes”.

“All of us can name 30 roads that are littered with potholes,” he added.

The list of priority roads for repair will be published on the Transport for Bucks service information centre by the end of next week.