This letter, from Duncan Hounsell, was originally published in The Week In East Bristol and North East Somerset on 30 June 2016.
Do you think your road or street needs resurfacing?
If the answer is yes and you live in Keynsham or Saltford, expect a long wait.
In the Conservative-run B&NES Council highways maintenance programme for 2016/17 only Lytton Grove and Turner Close in Keynsham were listed for carriageway resurfacing in this financial year.
A further £500,000 has now been added to this budget but these additional funds have been allocated for carriageway re-surfacing in Bathford, Lansdown, Corston, Temple Cloud and Larkhall.
Once again Keynsham and Saltford lose out.
In contrast, under the previous Lib Dem administration, B&NES Council carried out carriageway surface dressing or micro asphalt surfacing in numerous roads in Keynsham and Saltford. Why the difference, despite a 3.25% increase in council tax under the Conservatives?
Does the answer lie in the savage reduction in funding from central government or is it a reflection on the ability of our local B&NES councillors to speak up for their wards?
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