Before Christmas, Labour councillors discovered that local street lighting repairs which are supposed to take five days were taking five to six weeks, writes Coun Ann Martin (Labour, Brighouse).
After we raised the issue with the council’s highways department, they eventually confirmed that there were significant problems – and that Calderdale’s contractor, Amey, had a massive backlog.
We’ve been promised that this is being sorted out – but it still seems to me that many lights are out for weeks, rather than days, after they have been reported.
Now the Conservatives who run Calderdale have admitted that there are also problems elsewhere on our highways, particularly with road maintenance and pothole repairs.
Once again, there is a huge backlog. Yet, despite the fact that the budget looks like being seriously underspent, residents are being told that jobs cannot be done due to lack of money.
Pedestrians and drivers don’t need me to tell them how bad some of our roads and pavements are.
I know that councils all over the country are struggling to keep their highway networks up to scratch.
But locally, it’s now clear that the Conservative leadership has lost control of the situation. It’s simply not good enough.