At last nights (Tuesday 5th June) Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee Thurrock Council attempted to drop their target on ‘% of potholes repaired within policy and agreed timeframe’ from the 100% that the Conservatives Administration promised. Cllr Duffin challenged this and caused the Council to u-turn on their plans.
Deputy Chairman for Corporate O&S, Thurrock Independents Cllr Jack Duffin said: “The Conservatives promised to fix every pothole in the borough on time, unfortunately they failed last year on one of their top 3 pledges.
“It is disappointing that they tried to sneak through a change in their policy in the small print of an appendix rather than being honest and announcing they are failing and worried they won’t hit their target next year. Once they were caught out they were quick to rectify the change in target and u-turn.
“I have asked that moving forward the Council should be more proactive on the issue and start dealing with poor road surfaces before potholes occur. The council must maintain our roads to a much higher standard to protect residents vehicles.
“As all residents know this is just another example of the Conservative Clean It, Cut It, Fill It policy being in complete disarray. We heard that the pothole target was missed and street cleanliness is getting worse. If the Conservatives have dropped the ball on their top 3 pledges, we have to wonder what else is going wrong on behind the scenes.”