September 26, 2021

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Blaenau Gwent councillor calls for review of highways maintenance programme

A REVIEW of how Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council prioritises its highway maintenance programme has been called for by a councillor.

At the full council meeting on Thursday, July 29, councillors discussed the road maintenance budget and its priorities for this financial year.

Head of community services, Clive Rogers explained that this year’s funding allowance comes on top of the £4.442 million spent by the council on roads since 2017.

A road scheme in each of the county borough’s 16 wards has been identified for work.

Cllr Malcolm Cross said: “The concern I’ve had for some time is the physical size of certain wards.

“I represent Sirhowy which is the biggest ward throughout the borough.

“We have miles and miles of roads in Sirhowy.”

He felt that his ward was being unfirly treated in a system where he will have one road repaired while “loads need addressing.”

“We should review the way we take this forward,” said Cllr Cross.

Cllr Jonathan Millard asked if recommendations by councillors on which roads should be repaired in their ward would be considered.

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