Labour to raise concerns about dangerous potholes and pavements

Labour councillors will be raising the dangerous state of Barnet’s roads and pavements at this week’s Environment Committee on Tuesday 8 March, 7pm at Hendon Town Hall.

In the last financial year Tory-run Barnet council paid out £38,612.51 in insurance claims to drivers whose cars were damaged by potholes according to a Freedom of Information Request. One cyclist who had both bike tyres punctured whilst cycling through Totteridge Lane has called the potholes in Barnet a “disgrace”.

East Finchley councillor, Arjun Mittra, who will be addressing the committee, has compiled a dossier of potholes in his ward and the poor repair work to fix them.

A local resident who has been badly injured on various occasions in different local streets by tripping on dangerously uneven pavements, will be speaking on behalf of herself and neighbours who have had similar experiences. Their complaints to to the council about the dangerous state of the pavements have not resulted in any action.

Labour Environment Committee members, Cllr Agnes Slocombe and Cllr Dr Devra Kay have submitted two Members’ Items, one on potholes and another on 'Dangerous Pavements'.

Labour’s Environment spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said “The state of roads and pavements in Barnet is one of the top three concerns according to the council’s own Residents’ Perception Survey, and it’s easy to see why. 

"Everywhere you look there are potholes and pavements in desperate need of attention, some are in a disgraceful state and others are dangerous and could cause injury. 

“We also have evidence that some of the repairs when finally done are not up to much. This really is not good enough and needs to be sorted out.”

Ends.

Notes:

1.      For details of the two Labour member’s items see: 

3. For details of the Totteridge Lane cyclist incident see: http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/14301491.Potholes_are_a__disgrace___says_cyclist/

4. For details of the Environment Committee meeting see: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=695&Year=0 

For more information contact:

Cllr Alan Schneiderman: cllr.a.schneiderman@barnet.gov.uk 

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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