Over 35 miles of roads and 25 miles of pavements have been improved and repaired since Havering Council launched its £40m highways investment programme.
In 2019, after listening to residents who said a priority for them was to see pavements and roads improved, the Council committed to ploughing £10 million a year over four years, to invest into these works across the borough.
The aim is to make it easier and smoother for residents to get around the borough, see the pavements outside of their homes looking smart and safe to walk on, plus making them prouder of where they live.
Working in partnership with Marlborough Highways, the highways maintenance company that is carrying out the work on behalf of the Council, the programme has seen:
- 35 miles of roads and 25 miles pavements repaired and improved so far
- Over 2,000 calls on road and pavement issues responded to
- 970 defects including broken pavement slabs repaired between January and April 2021
- 359 potholes filled and repaired between January and April 2021
Works have been allowed to continue under government guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant that frontline NHS and other key workers plus residents who had to make essential journeys, could get around the borough safely.
Councillor Osman Dervish, Havering’s Cabiner Member for Environment, said:
“Residents told us they were concerned about the quality of roads and pavements, we listened and the investment has seen a huge improvement across the borough.
“There is still work to do but the programme is continuing to provide residents with better roads and pavements.
“As the easing of lockdown restrictions continues and there are more people out in the borough making journeys either on our roads or pavements, we hope that they enjoy the improvements they see.”
Marlborough Highways have also employed local residents who have been working on some of the 200 general maintenance schemes within the programme.
Material to carry out resurfacing, is often purchased from local businesses in the borough.
Roger Cricks, Contract Director for Marlborough Highways, said:
“We’re delighted with the improvements made within Havering so far.
“Marlborough has a great relationship with Havering Council and work in partnership with them on their Highways Investment programme, providing both road resurfacing works and pavement maintenance schemes.
“We’ve dedicated a lot of resources to ensure we can meet the ongoing demands of Havering Council for the benefit of residents.”