Hertfordshire County Council to debate 'unacceptable' service from highways contractors Ringway

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Highways debate: taxpayers 'not getting value for money' Highways debate: taxpayers 'not getting value for money'

Hertfordshire politicians are set to discuss the "unacceptable" service the county it is getting from its £40 million a year highways contract.

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have put forward a motion at today’s full county council meeting arguing that taxpayers are not getting "value for money".

The group has highlighted delays to road repairs and problems with the council’s pothole reporting system as key issues.

The motion comes after Hertfordshire County Council signed a new contract with Ringway in April last year for between seven and 12 years.

Stephen Giles-Medhurst, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said, "The service being delivered to local taxpayers is not acceptable. Works are constantly being postponed, the fault reporting systems don't work properly, and taxpayers are not getting value for money.

"The conservatives claim they are investing more money in highways, but local people and County Councillors are seeing less and less work delivered by the contractors. This is not acceptable. This contract needs to be delivered properly or financial penalties put in place so taxpayers start getting value for money from their Council Tax, and decent roadways and lighting".

The motion is due to be debated later today.

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1:10pm Tue 26 Nov 13

fight rates says...

It is because there are no consequences for public sector contractors. They can do what they want as the county council are to busy shuffling paperwork to come & inspect or manage works.
It is because there are no consequences for public sector contractors. They can do what they want as the county council are to busy shuffling paperwork to come & inspect or manage works. fight rates

5:00pm Tue 26 Nov 13

E.Coli says...

40million to do squat all great way to make money from councils is Ringway owned by British Gas by any chance ?
40million to do squat all great way to make money from councils is Ringway owned by British Gas by any chance ? E.Coli

5:02pm Tue 26 Nov 13

E.Coli says...

40 million pounds to do squat great way to make money from councils is Ringway owned by any of the power company's ?
40 million pounds to do squat great way to make money from councils is Ringway owned by any of the power company's ? E.Coli

10:45am Wed 27 Nov 13

Reader (R) says...

As for street lighting faults, don't even bother reporting these. I will explain how it works when you do.

You report the fault on-line they give it a reference number and say it will be repaired within 20 working days. On the 20th day or just after the fault will appear on-line as rectified and the report will be closed. Sounds good enough doesn't it but with one exception, the fault has not been repaired and the street light is still out.

You report this fact again and the system treats it as a new fault request and the 20 working day cycle starts all over again. We are seeing more lights on during the day and less and less on during the hours of darkness. It would appear that the county council and it's officers couldn't give a toss for public safety!
As for street lighting faults, don't even bother reporting these. I will explain how it works when you do. You report the fault on-line they give it a reference number and say it will be repaired within 20 working days. On the 20th day or just after the fault will appear on-line as rectified and the report will be closed. Sounds good enough doesn't it but with one exception, the fault has not been repaired and the street light is still out. You report this fact again and the system treats it as a new fault request and the 20 working day cycle starts all over again. We are seeing more lights on during the day and less and less on during the hours of darkness. It would appear that the county council and it's officers couldn't give a toss for public safety! Reader (R)

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