Highways satisfaction figures fail to impress - again. That’s the message from the county's Liberal Democrats following the publication of the annual highways satisfaction survey.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) said:
“Anyone driving on the county’s roads will know that there are too many potholes and bad surfaces – the overall situation hasn’t changed.
“The contractor Amey has had a bad press and we’ve said before that they need to be replaced when the contract comes up for renewal in 18 months’ time. The Lib Dems have also said that we need to bring some services back in house to take control back of this vital service.
“These new survey figures are bad – no amount of spin can cover that up. 65% of parish and town councils don’t think Amey’s performance is good. In fact 35% think it was poor or very poor! That’s a terrible result in anyone’s eyes.
“Yes, there’s been an improvement but this is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Only a big change will get our roads back to where they should be.
"We welcome the U turn by the Council's Conservatives in backing our call for some of the roads service to come back in house and away from the private contractor Amey."
Lib Dem roads spokesman Cllr Bernie Fisher (Cheltenham, St Pauls and Swindon) recently called Gloucestershire's highways contractor Amey 'hopeless' and has welcomed the proposal by the Council to split the contract into 3 parts - for day to day maintenance, large road projects and design work.