£2m For Fixing Potholes and Improving Streets

Environmental street scene improvements, road and pothole maintenance, anti social behaviour initiatives and support for local businesses are set to receive a £2million cash injection from Bournemouth Council.

Over the next 12 months the Council is investing further in four key areas to reduce maintenance costs in the future and tackle anti social behaviour.

These are:

Road Rescue: Building on the £2.9 million campaign announced a year ago a further £300,000 is being invested in more re-surfacing and maintenance works plus an additional £150,000 for pothole repairs.

Smart streets: More than £1 million is being spent on environmental street scene improvements including painting lamp posts and additional street cleaning.

Safer Communities: Around £160,000 will be used to work on initiatives to prevent anti social behaviour, improve community facilities and promote neighbourhood safety.

Boosting Business: Building on the

Council’s previously announced £1 million Recession Fund an additional £300,000 is being spent on initiatives supporting local businesses and jobs.

Councillor John Beesley, portfolio holder for Resources, said:

“We have made significant efficiency savings over the last four years and this has proved effective in managing the Council’s finances. As a result we are able to make this large investment now and spend money according to priorities raised by residents in our budget consultation.”

Council Leader Peter Charon, said:

 “We know people value their street services and that there is a need to continue efforts to bring our roads up to a standard where maintenance costs in the future can be reduced, so this is why these areas have been chosen for this investment.

“The improvements are taking place right across the borough and in the next 12 months people should see more change going on in their communities which we hope will in turn instill an even greater sense of civic pride in Bournemouth.”