Work is underway on a £2.5 million programme to improve pavement surfaces across Buckinghamshire.
When county council budgets were set earlier this year, members agreed that substantial investment was required to stop pavements deteriorating. They decided to earmark £1.7m for work during 2014/15, with additional money set aside each year for the next three years. Since this announcement the budget for footway works in 2014/15 has been increased to £2.5m.
Pavements prioritised for treatment have been chosen by county councillors, with each councillor nominating two sites in their division for inclusion in a rolling programme of work over the next two years.
This year, 49 sites have been chosen for treatment, with work having already started during August. These sites will be complete by March 2015 when the remaining chosen sites will be programmed for work.
Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for transport Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said: “With the additional money that has been spent on road repairs over the last few years, it is great to see good work now being done on the footways too.”
Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) warmly welcomed the programme. Chair of trustees, Andrew Clark, added: “We are pleased that Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) has started a programme to maintain Bucks footways. People in Bucks with a mobility impairment or who use a wheelchair are frequently disabled by poor pavement surfaces and lack of dropped kerbs, and so this programme is really important in giving disabled residents the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”