Milton Keynes Conservatives pledge to fix 8,000 extra potholes

Pothole pledge from the Conservatives
Pothole pledge from the Conservatives

Milton Keynes Conservatives have announced they will fix 8,000 extra potholes within 6-months should they take control of the Council in May.

The announcement was made as Labour-led Milton Keynes Council agreed to Conservative pressure to launch a review into the state of the roads following the recent period of wintry weather, nicknamed the Beast from the East.

The Labour administration were also accused of not taking residents concerns seriously after the Cabinet member responsible for potholes said the roads were in the best condition for sometime and that there were only just over 100 potholes that needed repairing in January.

Conservative Spokesperson for Transport and Highways councillor John Bint said: "Clearly the Council is in denial over the state of the roads. Residents are telling us it is the worst they have ever known.

"The Council's reluctance to acknowledge that is worrying, as is their failure to spend ring-fenced Government money amounting to over £450k over the past two years, enough to fix extra 8,000 potholes."

The Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling who was on a visit to Milton Keynes to discuss the state of the roads said: “This Conservative Government has made record amounts of funding available to fix potholes. It would be disappointing if the Labour-led Council has not made use of the Pothole Action Fund to fix their roads. When a Council drags its feet, the motorist loses out.

“I am confident the local Conservative Party has the ambition and drive to take Milton Keynes forward. They have a strong plan to deal with the backlog of potholes within six months which is both ambitious, but achievable.”

Conservative group leader Alex Walker added: "I'm pleased Labour have agreed to do a full review of the road network, being frank they are a real state at the moment and we all know it.

"We can't do anything in opposition, but we can tell residents our plan to deal with the issue. 8,000 extra potholes fixed in 6 months, and we will scrap Labour's plan to remove the 28-day limit on repairs on our first day in office."