Council lobbying for money to repair 42 miles of weather-worn roads

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Hertfordshire politicians are lobbying the Government for extra cash to help repair the county’s weather-worn roads.

The county council has applied for a share of a national flooding relief fund to help with its estimated £7 million bill followings one of wettest winters on record, which saw parts of the county submerged under flooding.

Highways bosses have identified 42 miles of roads and 16 bridges badly affected by the severe winter weather.

Hertfordshire County Council is expecting to hear within the next few weeks whether it has been successful.

Terry Douris, the cabinet member for highways, said: "Unfortunately we’ve had another winter of extreme weather. Hertfordshire residents were affected and, although perhaps not as badly as some other parts of the UK, the sustained heavy rain has caused damage throughout the county and had a major impact on roads.

"Despite maintenance of drains, the sheer volume of water together with lower temperatures has meant that we have many miles of flood-damaged roads and bridges.

"I’m pleased that the government has responded to the calls from councils for more money to repair these flood-hit roads, and I sincerely hope that Hertfordshire receives its fair share."

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12:12pm Mon 17 Mar 14

fight rates says...

We already pay for this. It is called road tax!
We already pay for this. It is called road tax! fight rates
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1:13pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mikex says...

Despite what many people think, 'Road Tax' doesn't exist and the replacement doesn't pay directly for roads either.

Winston Churchill started the process to abolish road tax in 1926, It was finally culled in 1937. The tax disc we have on our cars is Vehicle Excise Duty, a tax on most cars and other vehicles based on their emmissions- some cars which emit less than 100g/km fo CO2 pay no road tax. The revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty goes directly into the central tax pot and is no more ringfenced for roads than cigarette or alcohol duty is ringfenced for the NHS.

Roads are paid for via general and local taxation, so everyone who pays council tax, income tax, VAT or in fact any tax contributes towards road building and maintenance, even if they don't own a vehicle. Most of our local roads are maintained via council tax.

Sadly road maintenance has been vastly under-funded for years and this, combined with less than effective maintence has left us with the situation we face now, which is bad for all road users.
Despite what many people think, 'Road Tax' doesn't exist and the replacement doesn't pay directly for roads either. Winston Churchill started the process to abolish road tax in 1926, It was finally culled in 1937. The tax disc we have on our cars is Vehicle Excise Duty, a tax on most cars and other vehicles based on their emmissions- some cars which emit less than 100g/km fo CO2 pay no road tax. The revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty goes directly into the central tax pot and is no more ringfenced for roads than cigarette or alcohol duty is ringfenced for the NHS. Roads are paid for via general and local taxation, so everyone who pays council tax, income tax, VAT or in fact any tax contributes towards road building and maintenance, even if they don't own a vehicle. Most of our local roads are maintained via council tax. Sadly road maintenance has been vastly under-funded for years and this, combined with less than effective maintence has left us with the situation we face now, which is bad for all road users. mikex
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mikex says...

Background info:
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Vehicle_Exc
ise_Duty
http://uk.finance.ya
hoo.com/news/comment
--the-long-gone-tax-
that-everyone-still-
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re-paying-151436930.
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http://www.carwow.co
.uk/blog/Road-Tax-Do
esnt-Exist
Background info: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Vehicle_Exc ise_Duty http://uk.finance.ya hoo.com/news/comment --the-long-gone-tax- that-everyone-still- thinks-they%E2%80%99 re-paying-151436930. html http://www.carwow.co .uk/blog/Road-Tax-Do esnt-Exist mikex
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