Cheshire East highways bosses boost pothole repair team to tackle problem
Highways chiefs in Cheshire East have almost doubled the number of pothole repair teams in a bid to tackle the rapid rise in road defects.
Cheshire East says it is repairing around 150 road defects and potholes every day, and re-surfacing up to 300 sq ms of highway
Now it has ploughed extra resources by increasing the number of teams tackling potholes from 12 to 19.
A spokesman said: “The council recognises that residents are concerned about the number of potholes appearing on our roads.
“Our highways service is working throughout the borough to address the problem on a priority basis.”
Many motorists have criticised the authority for being too slow with repairs, and that ‘patching’ of some previous potholes has been inadequate and not last long enough.
Cllr Don Stockton, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “We are in a similar position to many other local authorities.
“Repeated fluctuations in weather conditions – from above to below freezing – coupled with heavy rainfall, create the worst possible conditions for road surfaces, and result in an increase in the number of potholes.
“I would like our residents to be aware that we are working each day to address this problem.
“However, cold and wet weather conditions are not conducive to carrying out effective and lasting repairs.
“This means that to ensure the roads remain safe, some of the works are of a temporary nature.
“It has always been our policy, and that of other authorities, to work this way.
“The bulk of our annual road repair budget is invested in the summer months when working conditions are better and we can deliver longer, lasting repairs.
“All reported potholes and road defects are inspected and we have directed additional resources towards tackling the problem.
“We have a code of practice which states that necessary repairs are completed within a specified timescale and we have a reporting tool on the Cheshire East highways website so that our residents can alert us to a new defect.
“Over the last four years, we have invested £35m to maintain our road network and we will continue to invest in our roads to make them safe.”
People can report any issues directly via the online reporting tool www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways or by calling 0300 1235020.
The council’s code of practice can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2mPjx9Z