2,400 pot­holes re­ported in first months of 2018

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

More than 2,000 pot­hole re­ports were made to Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil in the first three months of this year.

There were 3,704 re­ports from mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

But in Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March of this year, 2,433 re­ports had been logged al­ready.

There were just 2,556 in the whole of 2016/17.

A bud­get of £9.3 mil­lion cov­er­ing wider car­riage­way spend­ing in­clud­ing resur­fac­ing, sur­face dress­ing and patch­ing – which can range in size from pot­holes to larger re­pairs – was spent by Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil dur­ing the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

Ear­lier this year, the coun­cil an­nounced plans to in­vest an ex­tra £5 mil­lion into fix­ing pot­holes and main­tain­ing Le­ices­ter­shire’s roads.

It said the cash would be used to pre­vent more pot­holes from de­vel­op­ing as part of its on­go­ing high­ways main­te­nance plan.

There were 292 claims sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil re­lat­ing to dam­age to prop­erty and/or in­juries caused as a re­sult of pot­holes. So far, 29 have been up­held re­sult­ing in £5,622.46 worth of com­pen­sa­tion be­ing paid.

A bad win­ter led to teams re­pair­ing 20 per cent more pot­holes in the first three months of this year than last. Pot­holes form when sur­face wa­ter freezes and causes cracks in the road sur­face.

On aver­age it took 25 days for coun­cil teams to re­pair re­ported pot­holes. Fifty-eight per cent of pot­hole re­pair jobs car­ried out by the county coun­cil were com­pleted within the tar­get pe­riod of 90 days.

Coun­cil­lor Blake Pain, cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port said: “We work very hard to tackle pot­holes across the county with ad­di­tional re­sources de­ployed, when pos­si­ble, to help with the in­crease in de­mand, as we recog­nise the in­con­ve­nience they cause to busi­nesses and peo­ple who use our roads.

“In Jan­uary, we re­ceived three times as many calls about pot­holes com­pared with Jan­uary 2017 as the re­sult of the harsh win­ter.

“It took its toll on our roads and we’ve had to send out ex­tra crews to re­pair dam­aged roads.

“We’ve got some of the best roads in the coun­try, but we also recog­nise that there’s more work to do and we aren’t go­ing to rest on our lau­rels.

“That’s why we are plan­ning to spend an ex­tra £5 mil­lion on fix­ing and main­tain­ing the county’s roads to help pre­vent more pot­holes from oc­cur­ring.”

The ex­tra in­come is gen­er­ated from re­cent in­vest­ments in­clud­ing rents from prop­er­ties pur­chased over the past year.

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