Council Pledges to Double Spend on Road and Pavement Repairs

Says will use money from developers over next decade

Pledge to deal with more potholes like this one on Garratt Lane
Promise made to deal with more potholes like this one on Garratt Lane

February 16, 2024

Wandsworth Council has made a commitment to double the amount spent on repairing roads and pavements over the next ten years.

The council’s transport cabinet member, Cllr Jenny Yates, made the announcement after touring the borough to see examples of wear and tear. She blamed the problems on years of under investment under previous administrations.

When announcing the ‘Decade of Renewal’ plan, the council did not give figures for the amount to be spent but in 2023 the available information suggests that the council invested £3.5million on road and pavement upgrades resurfacing 29 roads and repairing pavements in 25 streets. This was up from £3million in the previous year.

Cllr Yates said: “Wandsworth is a fantastic place to live, but after years of under-investment its roads and pavements are showing too many signs of wear and tear.

“I’ve been out with the council’s streets team to see for myself the roads and pavements most in need of urgent attention. I would like to expand our improvement works to include even more roads and pavements as we start a decade of renewal.

“We know that people expect to be able to walk, cycle and drive safely around their neighbourhoods. As a result, we will double the funding put into fixing our roads and pavements over the next decade. This additional investment is paid for by property developers, so we can improve the borough without adding a penny to your Council Tax. Our work is ambitious and we are proud to deliver this change for our residents.”

If you spot a problem such as a pothole or a damage pavement you can report it online on Wandsworth Council’s web site.

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