Kirklees pavements in line for repairs with £830k saved from grit budget due to mild winter

Clr Steve Hall says its fair to share budgets around all highway users

A gritting lorry leaves the Reins depot at Honley
A gritting lorry leaves the Reins depot at Honley

Kirklees Council will plough the £830,000 saved from winter gritting into pavement repairs.

Earlier this week Kirklees Cabinet agreed to put the money saved from the seasonal weather pot into the highways fund.

And Clr Steve Hall, Cabinet member for Planning and Highways, has now revealed they want to use it to benefit pedestrians.

Clr Hall said: “We’ve recently had two lots of money from the government which has gone to road and pothole repairs, so the extra money that we saved will be used to benefit pedestrians.

“It’s only fair that we think about all highway users and use what we can to repair damaged pavements.

“If somebody makes a claim against the council for a fall on the pavement due to it being unstable, the amount of compensation is 10 or 20 times more expensive than for a vehicle.”

The lack of snow last winter saved Kirklees Council more than £830,000 - with just 34 out of 70 budgeted grit runs taking place.

Kirklees Council leader Clr David Sheard said earlier this week: “Winter maintenance monies can be rolled over and I am recommending this year we move this budget because of the problem we have got with our highways and that we spend it there.”

The proposal was moved by his Cabinet colleagues and will be debated at Full Council later this month.

It was announced last month that Kirklees received a £780,000 government grant for pothole repair. This was on top of the an extra £606,663 Kirklees received from the Government in March towards winter road repairs, which they will use to improve unclassified roads.

Clr Hall, Heckmondwike Labour, added: “Officers will have a list of pavements that need attention but people can tell us too.”

 

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