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|Prince Charles Rd – Caia Park
Wrecsam’s pot hole problem is escalating as are residents complaints. With council leaders struggling to tackle the issue, Plaid Cymru are calling on the Labour Welsh Government to recognise the scale of the problem and provide more funding, and for the council to look at a new strategy focusing on more cost effective repairs.
Plaid Cymru councillor for Queensway ward in Caia Park Carrie Harper said: “We have some stretches of road in the borough that are disintegrating at the moment and several substantial pot holes that simply keep opening up despite many temporary repairs. I’m getting complaints from local residents about the damage these are causing to cars, as well as safety concerns raised by cyclists”
“We all understand that money is tight and that a decade of cuts have decimated the overall road maintenance budget along with the staff resource the council has to tackle this. The most recent estimate is that there is currently a £36m backlog for road maintenance across Wrecsam which is eye watering.”
“In a nutshell, funding is the root of the problem and we need to put pressure on the Labour Welsh Government to recognise the seriousness of the issue and to make it a priority going forward.”
“The council has a statutory duty to ensure the road network is safe and with insufficient funding to do that effectively, I am sympathetic they’re in a no win situation as it stands. I also understand that temporary patching is one way to try and meet the statutory duty given there isn’t enough money for more substantial repairs but let’s be honest, it is only firefighting the problem.”” At a recent meeting about this we heard that one Cllr has had the same pot hole filled 37 times. That simply isn’t sustainable and ultimately can’t be cost effective either, we need a different approach with a focus on more longer term repair work ”.
Wrexham residents can report pot holes to the council at: email@example.com, or ring 01978 298 989.