This weekend I have travelled on two of Ealingâ€™s worst roads.
On Saturday we were canvassing on Montague Road in Hanwell. Many of the residents were complaining about it quite rightly. I was able to explain to them that the new Conservative administration has spent twice as much in a third of the time as Labour did on road resurfacing capital projects (Labour liked to spend your money on making Perceval House nice and buying the freehold). We have allocated Â£25.5 million on roads in 4 years. Labour spent about Â£12 million in 12 years the picture below tells the story. This is though no consolation if it is not your road getting done.
Today I used Elderberry Road in Ealing Common ward. Another atrocious road. We have spent Â£19 million in the last three years so it shows you how badly things were left to slide if after that investment there are still roads like Montague and Elderberry.
On Tuesday the Cabinet will sign off another Â£6.5 million of spending in the 2010/11 financial year, see papers here, Item 21.
The good news is that both Montague and Elderberry will be resurfaced in the next financial year which starts in April. Â£60K for Montague and Â£83K for Elderberry.
I was glad to see though that as bad as these two roads are they have both been extensively patched in recent days to keep up with the damage caused by the recent bad weather.
The good news for Northfield ward is that another eight of our roads will be done with a further two on the reserve list (if they donâ€™t make it next year they will almost certainly make it the year after).
Occupation Lane (reserve)
Ridley Avenue (reserve)
The current Tory administration believes that the roads are vital to all of our prosperity (whatever you think about alternatvie forms of transport we still need roads) and that keeping them up is a basic duty. In any case most of our residents take a pride in their homes and want to see the streetscape around them kept up too.