Potholes matter!

Labour often make fun of how much interest I and my Liberal Democrat council colleagues take in potholes, pavements and rubbish bins. I don’t think it is funny. I think it is incredibly important that when you walk out of your home what you see around you is decent, clean and well-maintained – and all the more so if you are pushing a pram, using a wheelchair or otherwise have mobility problems.

It is also a very good sign of how well or how badly a council is run. After all – this is pretty basic stuff – and if you can’t even get that right…

On that measure alone, you would have to say that Labour run Haringey Council fails extraordinarily badly. It fails on many other levels – but today we are talking pavements and potholes!

The Liberal Democrat manifesto for the Haringey Council elections on Thursday commits an extra million pounds on resurfacing roads and pavements – because it really does matter.

Labour have been in power here in Haringey for over 40 years and still can’t manage to give local people the most basic of services – even though we pay one of the highest Council Taxes in London!

Vote Liberal Democrat in the local council elections on May 22 for a change for the better!


Lynne Featherstone MP slams Haringey’s ‘pothole blitz’ as a botch job

Lightfoot Road in Hornsey, where a man suffered brain injury as a result of tripping in a pothole. Some potholes have been filled but others (which had been marked for repair) were left untouched.Lynne Featherstone MP has slammed Labour-run Haringey Council for failing to take better care of the borough’s roads, and failing to manage repairs efficiently.

Early this year, Haringey Council announced a ‘pothole blitz,’ to repair the borough’s many dangerous roads. However, the Liberal Democrat MP has criticised this as a ‘botch job’ – following complaints from residents that many dangerous potholes remain.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has also expressed her concern about how repairs were managed and carried out. On many roads, some potholes were filled in but others left untouched.

On others like Rectory Gardens, the Labour-run council ordered repairs to potholes just before a scheduled resurfacing of the road. This prompted residents to contact the local MP to complain about the waste of time and taxpayers money, which could have been used to repair potholes on roads which have not been subsequently resurfaced.

Lightfoot Road in Hornsey, where a man suffered brain injury as a result of tripping in a pothole. Some potholes have been filled but others (which had been marked for repair) were left untouched. Lynne Featherstone MP commented: “Unfortunately this is just typical of Labour-run Haringey Council. They make grand statements about a ‘pothole blitz’ – but it is all talk. Yet again they have failed to manage the project and failed to deliver results.

“It is ridiculous to repair potholes in a road just days before resurfacing it completely. Similarly, to only repair a couple on a road and leave others on the same road untouched. What a lack of common sense – and what a waste of local taxpayers’ money.

“Now, going into winter, Haringey residents are still faced with many unsafe roads, which increase the chances of accidents and damage to cars.

“Enough is enough. At the end of this week, I will be contacting my constituents and asking them to inform me of the most dangerous potholes in their local area. I’ll then present these to Haringey Council and demand further action before winter sets in.”

UPDATE: The council’s own official figures show that the blitz was a flop with only one in three potholes reported to the council fixed within its own target time.