Collective Cry of Rage on the State of Roads and Pavements


We have finally completed the mammoth task of collating all the responses to our roads and pavements surveys which was delivered earlier this year to over 36,000 households in St Albans and the surrounding villages. Nearly 2,500 households completed and returned the two-page questionnaire.

Responses came from all areas and from across the political spectrum. It was a collective cry of rage at the dangerous condition of so many roads and footways and at the visual pollution caused by shoddy patching where any repairs are carried out. 86 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with the condition of the local roads, and 66 percent named specific roads that are so bad that they pose a real danger to users. Some of these feature so often that we can list them in a ‘Herts Highways Roll of Dishonour.’

64 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the condition of local pavements and footways, and a startling 29 percent of those completing the surveys reported falling over, sometimes with quite serious injury. They all expressed their rage and frustration with what had happened to them. I have never known any single issue strike such a chord with local residents. When we know the name of the new person in charge of roads and highways at County Hall after Thursday’s elections, we will be presenting the dossier to him or her and demanding immediate action to get a grip on Herts Highways’ woeful performance. Click here to download the dossier as a PDF file (about 3 Mb).


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