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Highway Problems in Stretton by Rhys Buchan

February 3, 2018 12:20 PM
By Rhys Buchan

Burton flooded roads Rhys Buchan

These days when it rains around here the roads flood because the road gullies are blocked. Derby Road on the way out of town is bad. The town centre and side streets are worse.

The Tory government have cut spending on highway maintenance in Burton.

The Tory County Council have privatised road maintenance.

We are told the private contractor has only one spare machine to cover Tamworth, Lichfield and East Staffordshire.

The Tories write bad tender contracts and Labour don't hold them to account.

Rhys Buchan says that he is standing for election in Stretton on 8th February because he wants to try to improve services for Stretton and Burton residents.

There are no council inspectors reporting problems to the private contractor. Their response is based on reports from the public through the Staffs Council website at this page https://apps2.staffordshire.gov.uk/web/reportfault/#divSelectionHeader

There is no phone number given to allow reports in person. You can go through the main switchboard and a member of staff will input the report for you. Even if you report a blocked gulley, the contractor's staff come out to check days or weeks later after the water has soaked away. That means the problem will be logged as low priority. Best to take a photograph and attach it to your complaint - if you are able.

You can contact Rhys at: rhysbuchan.libdem@gmail.com