Council slammed after it called on volunteers to help maintain roads

Cash strapped authority puts forward proposals which would see tax payers repair minor pot holes

Council slammed after it called on volunteers to help maintain roads
Suffolk County Council say the 'DIY' approach would allow employed workers to focus on major roadworks. Image: Bigstock.

Suffolk County Council has revealed proposals to set up a community self-help scheme which would encourage residents to carry out minor highway repairs.

It said the project would allow employed council workers to focus on major roadworks and pothole repairs.

However, critics say locals are not getting a fair return on their tax contributions.

Earlier this year, Suffolk County Council announced plans to save around £24m and increase council tax by almost five per cent.

“Restless and frustrated”

Richard Kemp, independent county councillor for Long Melford, Suffolk said: “Most people pay council tax, a fee to the DVLA for having a motor car, petrol duty and the all the rest.

“Just what do we get for our money?

“At present, the public are getting restless and frustrated at what is happening in local government.”

A council spokesperson said the new approach would allow members of the public to support local roads, paths, verges and rights of way.

A Suffolk Highways spokesman added: “We are currently looking into potential ways that Suffolk’s town and parish councils could support us in delivering minor remedial works in their community.

“We understand from many councils that they are keen to do more.

“However, our priority concern is the safety of anyone who may be involved in this activity.”

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