“Shocking” state of potholes and road surfaces in Watford need to be fixed, say Lib Dems

20 Apr 2023

The Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has hit out at the ‘shocking’ condition of roads in Watford. He has written to the Cllr Richard Roberts, the Conservative Leader of Herfordshire County Council to demand that he deals with the increasingly poor road and pavements surfaces in Watford.

Road surfaces and dealing with potholes are the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council and residents in Watford feel disappointed in the lack of action taken by the Conservative run local authority.

In the letter, Elected Mayor Peter Taylor calls on Cllr Roberts to visit Watford so that he can see some of the worst affected roads and meet residents who are having to swerve to avoid potholes or have had their car damaged by them. He also asked how much of the extra £3.9 million received by the council from the government will be spent on roads and pavements in Watford.

Commenting on the pothole situation, Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, said:

“People are fed up of the Tory-run Hertfordshire County Council ignoring Watford and letting the roads in our area crumble. I hope that Cllr Roberts takes on board the feelings of thousands of Watford residents and acts to improve our roads.

“Hard working Lib Dem councillors across the town and hundreds of residents across our area report these defects regularly to the County Council – what is the point if these calls are ignored? I will continue to demand better for Watford and push the County Council to deliver the services local residents deserve."

You can read the full letter here.


Leader of Herfordshire County Coucil, Cllr Richard Roberts, has replied to Mayor Peter. You can read the full response here.

Commenting on the letter, Mayor Peter Taylor said:

"Credit where it is due, this was a quick response – if only the Conservatives responded as quickly to potholes as they do to letters. I am utterly flabbergasted that Cllr Roberts thinks Herfordshire roads are some of the best in the country. I doubt that the residents in Watford think this is the case. I am also sure that Watford residents feel that they get a fair share of funding."

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