At last something for Bellend to feel proud of
peter king ● 200d22 Comments
https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201152/roads_highways_and_pavements/848/highway_maintenanceThe sooner they are reported the faster they might be fixed.I know I have reported them in the past and they have been pretty quick to fill the potholes but there is criteria to be met!BTW it is illegal to park on the pavement in London unless it is specifically marked that you can. Please stop all those contractors who do from causing dangerous damage to pavements.
Philippa Bond ● 192d
This article doesn't really substantiate the claim that motoring is subsidised. You can't simply outline the costs of something without the offset of the economic benefits. How you would calculate this is highly complex and subjective and the conclusion people reach would generally be a result of a person's pre-conceptions. What the Guardian article's author has already decided is the answer is indicated by the way drivers are assumed to be in cars.
On the issue of potholes I have never had a problem with them as a result of driving a car over one but have had a near death experience when on a bike. In my view, if the safety of cyclists is a priority for the council then so should the repair of potholes be.
Gordon Southwell ● 192d
"how I can get my motoring subsidised?"It already is!https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/25/car-pollution-noise-accidents-eu
Paul James ● 192d
"Motor Vehicle users contribute a far higher and disproportionate amount both the exchequer and local councils, "Motoring is subsidised....
Paul James ● 193d
If that's true then that money is from various taxes, including income tax.Vehicle Excise Duty (which you might call road tax) is not hypothecated for roads.And regardless, driving is a subsidised activity.
Paul James ● 193d
Motor Vehicle users contribute a far higher and disproportionate amount both the exchequer and local councils, Parking Permits, parking charges and the top of the league income for fines.All that is supposed to be returned to transport infrastructure. It's nearly all heading to Cycling and LTNs and other schemes that primarily benefit cyclists.Non vehicle owners benefit, so are effectively subsidised.Street lighting, traffic lights, illuminated warning signs , zebra crossings and a raft of things that cyclists benefit from are all paid for from the revenue raised from Vehicle owners and operators.When that income significantly reduces as the Mayor of London, TfL and this borough will be most vociferous with.Something remains that they are very quiet about and won't answer election campaign questions on.With a massive drop in road based income, who will make up the shortfall and how?Roads will still be vital for everyone who has to make a living. Directly or indirectly.Most of the money allocated has regularly been diverted and most of the revenue that could have created a fully integrated quality transport network. From the huge income from Road and Fuel taxes this could have been bought paid for and maintained.We still have an incomplete and inferior road and rail network, Poor management and indifferent politics since the end of the 1950s.So everyone, can expect a far more significant dent in their wallet for everything that is subsidised from the additional taxes currently paid by one part of society.
Raymond Havelock ● 194d
The vast majority of road money comes from central government to fix potholes and spent locally by ones leader to fix holes not council tax..
Nicolas Ozegovic ● 194d
What happened to the £550,000 in extra funding to help tackle potholes given by the Department for Transport?https://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/latest-news/tackling-potholes/
Fred Hunt ● 195d
@NicolasTo put your ignorant uneducated comment to bed.The money to maintain Ealing's roads comes from council tax. Check your bill.I don't have a car, and I cycle so I presume you would label me as a cyclist.I pay council tax.
Paul James ● 195d
It's not cars in the main that cause the potholes. Although large 4X4 have traction that can ripple surfaces and there are a lot of those un urban areas.The main problem is the massive increase in delivery vans. Most streets are not deigned for heavier axle loadings and not on a continual basis.This will lead to a lot of sewer and cable disruption over a protracted period.The Refuse and recycling vehicles have heavier axle loading than previous designs which were specific to the limitations of the streets.There was a time when Council department heads knew all that and had a proper input into what could and could not be operated.Long wheelbase vans are still light but their payloads are often the same as a light HGV but exempt from HGV limitations.Some streets now have up to 100 van deliveries a day when just a couple of years ago it would be barely a dozen.Part of this is obvious, the covid lockdown, the other, the boom in online trading. The other is ignorance in the LTN planning as it has increased the requirement for households to have deliveries- even minor ones.Not so obvious is the damage manifesting under the road surface. Potholes are only the pimple on the ulcer.One example was the use of Bendy buses in Oxford street. There design, weigh and high capacity meant that one fully laden bus dealt a 'hammer blow' 9 times that of a traditional Routemaster bus fully laden, partly caused by a shock wave through its trailing axle. So three heavy depressions per movement.Within 14 months Burst pipes were occurring where these routes converged - Oxford st being worst. TfL refused to accept the gaffe and chose to ignore 70 years of design research by London Transport. (The Routemaster, incredibly light and economic by the technology of the time was no accident, it was deliberately designed to suit the elderly and inherently weak road infrastructure that we still have. ) Then the pattern of leaks followed the 25 route outwards.The Bendy bus was ushered out using fare evasion as a justification. Another TfL half truth.Residential streets are not built for continual depressions from much lighter vehicles. Poor road surfaces cause bounce which increases the impact load.
Raymond Havelock ● 197d
Unfortunately, fixing pot holes and attending to other normal Council "stuff" is not on LBE's agenda under The Dear Leader.Imposing ever increasing numbers of unwanted & hideous Towers and weirdo politik on us is though. VOTE LOCAL LABOUR OUT! 😉
Rosco White ● 197d
The potholes should soon all be fixed using the extra income the Council is collecting from LTN and other traffic penalty fines. Alternatively, leaving the potholes in place must be a cheaper way of maintaining local 20mph speed limits than repairing the road and having to install road humps to slow the traffic down. 'But what about cyclists?' I hear the cry! I suppose that's why potholes have yellow paint sprayed round them, which again must be cheaper than fixing them.
Peter Evans ● 197d
Well done for reporting potholes. Please also report damaged pavements/kerbs as those can put pedestrians in hospital and cause life changing problems too. On the occasions when I have reported potholes in the street in Ealing they were very speedily fixed too. I used to use Fix My Street but I think they have their own system now. They got narked when I continued to use FMS. It is easier when you have a smartphone - something not everyone has. I tried to look it up this morning only to find that the Council website was not available.
Philippa Bond ● 198d
The roads in Brent are A LOT worse and residents are lucky if they are reported or fixed at all. The potholes I report in Ealing are usually fixed within 5 days. It would seem that ALL councils are diverting money away from resurfacing roads to other council services due to budgets. Councillors are also predicting that car usage will fall and more residents will take up cycling (another reason to cut the budget as cycles don't cause as much wear and tear), which is a nice thought but the practical aspects don't quite add up, roads need to be safe for all road users.
Kris Smith ● 198d
The poor road surfaces especially on the quieter local roads are the biggest single hindrance to safe all year cycling.That and lime tree residue and uncleared leaf residue is as bad as black ice.But the poor surfaces and resurfacing without levelling dips and bumps is really poor here.
Raymond Havelock ● 199d
Question. The worker who wanders the streets with a can of white paint, marking potholes. Why doesn't the contracted company take the can of paint off him, and give him a bucket of tar?
Tony Heath ● 199d
Well they will blame all these extra holes on selfish drivers driving extra miles to avoid LTN'S...When will cyclists start contributing towards the upkeep of the roads that Ealing has given over to them!!!
Nicolas Ozegovic ● 199d
No doubt all those heavy lorries and construction vehicles serving the numerous tower block development sites do not help matters.
Philip Coe ● 199d