Derby road repairs taking longer

A report carried out by Derbyshire County Council has shown that it is taking longer to deal with road defects in the south of the county.

Highways bosses revealed that the number of road defects dealt with inside 32 hours in the area dropped significantly last year.

The findings in the self assessment report showed that the number had fallen from 88.8% in 2011 to 66.1% in 2012.

The report stated: “A key factor in the decline in performance was the redirection of resources to deal with flooding issues.

“However further significant improvements in terms of speed will need to be made to meet the target of 90 per cent.”

Speaking to the Burton Mail a spokesman for the authority said: “The (highways) department has managed to maintain the condition of principal roads in South Derbyshire against falling budgets with 3% needing maintenance.

“However, the condition of non-principal classified roads has been deteriorated from 8% needing work in 2010-11 to 10% in 2011-12.”

The report added: “The challenge to maintain the condition of roads with a budget reduction of £2 million in 2012-13 continues.”

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