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Road to recovery

Recent harsh winters have taken their toll on the borough’s roads, but fortunately here in Waltham Forest the hard work of the Council in petitioning for funds to address the issue has paid off.


The Council has recently enjoyed two significant windfalls allowing it to carry out major resurfacing and pothole repairs. The Council successfully applied to the Department for Transport (DfT) from a pot known as ‘Funding for Winter Damage’.


This is funding additional to the usual monies made available to the Council by the DfT for road maintenance schemes. It is funding that is specifically set aside to deal with the consequences of exceptional winter weather damage.  


The Council’s Highways department has concentrated the money to be spent on three different schemes in the borough. There will be £80,000 spent on Argall Avenue in Leyton, £150,000 spent on Whipps Cross Road in Leytonstone and £110,000 spent on Billet Road in Walthamstow.


In addition to this funding, Waltham Forest Council has also been able to secure further funds from a pot known as ‘The Pothole Fund’. The authority has received a grant of £249,721 to reduce the number of potholes affecting our roads and a programme of work including pothole repairs and preventative maintenance is being prepared for the 2014/15 financial year.


Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “This is great news for the residents of Waltham Forest. At a time when our budgets are being squeezed more than ever, we have really punched above our weight to secure this funding and come out a lot better than many of our neighbouring boroughs.


“This funding will allow us to really get to grips with potholes and other defects on our highways, supplementing our existing programme of road maintenance and allowing us to make the streets safer, more pleasant to use and more visually pleasing.”


You can report a problem with the surface of a road or pavement via an online form on the Council’s website (www.walthamforest.gov.uk) or you can email details to wfdirect@walthamforest.gov.uk, call 020 8496 3000, or visit the Council’s Customer Services Centre or a Library Plus for advice on how to complete the form.


For more information about the Council’s Planned Highway Maintenance programme go to the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk and search ‘Road Maintenance’.




PHOTO: Some of the works underway on Billet Road, Walthamstow.

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