'Money is spent in Beverley while our roads left to decay'
RESIDENTS in Cottingham are calling for more money to be spent on road maintenance in the village.
Cottingham has several stretches of cracked concrete road which are becoming increasingly hard to drive down.
Motorists are concerned East Riding Council is spending too much of its maintenance budget on work in Beverley and not enough elsewhere.
Geraldine Mathieson, councillor for Cottingham North, has a concrete road outside her house in Dene Road. She said: "It's been a problem for at least ten years. "The concrete plates have shifted, which has damaged them. We could end up with a hole that's a foot deep when the concrete cracks."
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Cllr Mathieson has been in talks with the Highways Agency and hopes funds for road repairs will be provided in the council's next budget.
She said: "I had a walk around with a highways officer about a fortnight ago.
"He's put in a capital bid but he's waiting."
If the request for funding is unsuccessful, it could be another year before the road is repaired.
The councillor is worried that could be too late.
She said: "It's on the road to Westfield Primary school. A lot of parents come past."
The council hopes to spend £2.5m on removing the cobbles in Beverley's Saturday Market in January.
It claims the stone setts need to be removed to improve disabled access.
But Cllr Mathieson believes money could be better spent.
She said: "Residents all over the county are narked there's so much money being spent on Beverley.
"It's a huge concentration of spending there when that money could be spent on other places that need it more."
The council has also faced opposition to the plans in Beverley and English Heritage advised the council not to remove the setts completely.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said: "The council has spent more than £3m on highway maintenance in and around Cottingham over the past three years in order to address a number of issues, including damage caused by recent severe winters.
"A programme for the next financial year is being put together, with roads across the East Riding being assess- ed, including Cottingham, and will be finalised once the council agrees its budget.
"The East Riding has one of the largest highway networks in the country, about 3,500km, and the council is committed to repairing and improving it by targeting resources and prioritising maintenance schemes to areas most affected."