Published: March 4, 2009
Mayor hits out at County Council over "worrying" state of town's roads

Burnham's Mayor Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton in Westfield Road

Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor has this week called on Somerset County Council to repair the "worryingly poor" condition of many roads in the town.

Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton says a winter of harsh weather has left many roads littered with deep pot holes and crumbling surfaces which pose a danger to cyclists and vehicles.

"Many roads in the town are in a very poor condition and the County Council needs to sort them out as a priority," he told while visiting Westfield Road, where a long line of pot holes is causing concern, as pictured here.

"The holes here are several inches deep and there are many others like them across Burnham and Highbridge. A cyclist could easily be injured and vehicles can be damaged."

He says the condition of the roads is made "more worrying" because Somerset County Council has cut its pot hole repair budget as part of a cost reduction exercise.

Burnham County Councillor Mike Facey confirmed to "Incredibly, the county budget for pot hole repairs has been cut by around £1.25m, irrespective of a nine per cent increase in funding from central government. This means many roads across the county may well have to wait to be repaired."

But a spokesman for Somerset County Council said on Wednesday (March 4th): "Last year, Somerset County Council declared it would add an extra £1.25m of funding as a one-off capital investment to the highways budget. This one-off payment was for specific projects. The budget has therefore returned to what it was previously. There is a revenue budget of £3m for safety repairs, and pothole repairs are included in this budget."

Pictured is Burnham's Mayor Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton in Westfield Road


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