Southampton voters put potholes top of priority list

Potholes are election hot topic

Potholes are election hot topic

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

THE state of Southampton’s roads has been a hot topic in the run-up to next week’s council elections.

Conservative group leader Royston Smith, pictured centre left, up for re-election in Harefield, says “hundreds” of people across the city have spoken to him on the doorstep about potholes and the poor condition of city streets.

He said: “Residents quite rightly are saying that the repairs that are being done aren’t good enough.

“Even if the council can’t clean the streets the way it used to, it must carry out road repairs because they can be dangerous.”

Cllr Smith says his party will prioritise spending on roads if they win the elections next Thursday.

Labour council leader Simon Letts has said his party will double investment in roads if they hang on to power.

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4:27pm Sat 17 May 14

Linesman says...

If the Tory-led coalition government had not cut the council grant, there would have been more money available to deal with the problem.
If the Tory-led coalition government had not cut the council grant, there would have been more money available to deal with the problem. Linesman
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6:02pm Sat 17 May 14

Lone Ranger. says...

What a pity that Cllr Smith did not act when the pot holes were clearly causing an issue 3-4 years ago ........ Now all of a sudden he wants to do something about it.
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If he wants to repair anything i suggest that he starts with his VERY selective memory !!!
What a pity that Cllr Smith did not act when the pot holes were clearly causing an issue 3-4 years ago ........ Now all of a sudden he wants to do something about it. . If he wants to repair anything i suggest that he starts with his VERY selective memory !!! Lone Ranger.
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7:08pm Sat 17 May 14

Niel says...

SCC's 'contractors' are hopeless at dealing with potholes and other road damage, lots of money saving by avoiding doing repairs, for back-handers and 'sweeteners' perhaps? Either-way if you drive a car you may suffer damage to your vehicle, but for those on two wheels what might simply be a 'ride quality issue' for those on 4 or more wheels can be a potentially lethal road defect. Just take a look at fixmystreet on-line, the council would rather you use their reporting system, it's not publicly checkable, fixmystreet is and look just how many reported defects they won't repair!
SCC's 'contractors' are hopeless at dealing with potholes and other road damage, lots of money saving by avoiding doing repairs, for back-handers and 'sweeteners' perhaps? Either-way if you drive a car you may suffer damage to your vehicle, but for those on two wheels what might simply be a 'ride quality issue' for those on 4 or more wheels can be a potentially lethal road defect. Just take a look at fixmystreet on-line, the council would rather you use their reporting system, it's not publicly checkable, fixmystreet is and look just how many reported defects they won't repair! Niel
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3:53pm Sun 18 May 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

I take issue with the last line here, when the Daily Echo states that the ruling Labour Group will double investment in road spending should they 'hang on' to power after Thursday's local elections. Surely a more neutral expression might have been if Labour were to 'retain' control. The same piece presents the Tories as a party which will increase spending should they 'win' the election. The 'news' item also includes a photograph of all the Conservative candidates for the Southampton local elections and a quote from their leader, Royston Smith. There is no picture of any any of the 70 odd non Conservative candidates for these elections and no quotes from the political leaders of other parties who, I'm sure, will have plenty to say about the state of the City's roads.

This looks very much like one-sided reporting to me by our only local daily newspaper, which surely has a duty to report political issues impartially. Of course I could be suffering from paranoid delusion, in which case I apologise.
I take issue with the last line here, when the Daily Echo states that the ruling Labour Group will double investment in road spending should they 'hang on' to power after Thursday's local elections. Surely a more neutral expression might have been if Labour were to 'retain' control. The same piece presents the Tories as a party which will increase spending should they 'win' the election. The 'news' item also includes a photograph of all the Conservative candidates for the Southampton local elections and a quote from their leader, Royston Smith. There is no picture of any any of the 70 odd non Conservative candidates for these elections and no quotes from the political leaders of other parties who, I'm sure, will have plenty to say about the state of the City's roads. This looks very much like one-sided reporting to me by our only local daily newspaper, which surely has a duty to report political issues impartially. Of course I could be suffering from paranoid delusion, in which case I apologise. FoysCornerBoy
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5:08pm Tue 20 May 14

Dan Soton says...

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My road is nearly as bad as it was before they spent £Millions totally rebuilding it.. little over 6 years ago..

One culprit.. Speeding lorries

One solution.. Labour are trialing it all others are backing it.. 20 mph speed limit zones


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,, My road is nearly as bad as it was before they spent £Millions totally rebuilding it.. little over 6 years ago.. One culprit.. Speeding lorries One solution.. Labour are trialing it all others are backing it.. 20 mph speed limit zones ,, Dan Soton
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