Re­vealed: Our most ag­gra­vat­ing pot­holes

Ex­clu­sive list shows most com­plained-about roads in the Val­ley

Rossendale Free Press - - News - JON MACPHERSON [email protected] @JonMacMEN

THE most com­plained about pot­hole-rid­den roads across Rossendale have been re­vealed.

Ex­clu­sive fig­ures re­leased to the Free Press show that 1,722 pot­hole com­plaints were made to Lan­cashire County Coun­cil be­tween Au­gust 2017 and Au­gust 2018.

Mar­ket Street in Whit­worth topped the list for the most com­plained about road fol­lowed by Burn­ley Road East in Water­foot and Hasling­den Old Road in Rawten­stall.

A to­tal of 174 claims for ve­hi­cle dam­age were made by Val­ley residents against Lan­cashire County Coun­cil with 78 of those be­ing suc­cess­ful.

County hall were forced to pay out £20,312.59 in the last 12 months for ve­hi­cle dam­age caused by pot­holes.

Nick Smith, who runs Nick Smith Mo­tor Re­pairs in Craw­shaw­booth, has been in the trade for nearly 25 years and said the prob­lem is get­ting worse.

He told the Free Press: “We are do­ing a lot more spring and tyre re­pairs than nor­mal.

“Our sup­plier said it was their best year for sell­ing springs. They sold way more than ever.

“There’s a gen­eral trend that it seems to be get­ting worse. More peo­ple are think­ing dam­age to their cars is caused by pot­holes

“We prob­a­bly have more tyre and spring re­pairs around here com­pared to other places.

“I do know some peo­ple who have suc­cess­fully claimed for the dam­age off the coun­cil.

“It would be in­ter­est­ing to see how many MOT fail­ures there have been in the Rossendale area be­cause of bro­ken springs.”

County coun­cil­lor Keith Id­don, cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, said the ‘colder than av­er­age and pro­longed win­ter caused more dam­age than usual to our roads’.

He said: “We are de­ploy­ing more re­pair teams and us­ing the spray in­jec­tion patch­ing process to find and fix pot­holes, and re­pair them quickly, has been mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, and it’s clear to see the roads are in bet­ter con­di­tion.

“The to­tal high­ways bud­get for this year was £33.718m and some of this is spent on main­tain­ing high­ways in­fra­struc­ture such as bridges, traf­fic lights, and street lights.

“How­ever the vast ma­jor­ity of it spent on main­tain­ing the roads.

“£26.4m was al­lo­cated for main­tain­ing roads, and of this £13.3m was al­lo­cated specif­i­cally to fix­ing and pre­vent­ing pot­holes, in­clud­ing a £4.393m fund for small scale re­pairs such as patch­ing, where there are ar­eas of wear and tear which are too big for a nor­mal pot­hole re­pair, but too small for a resur­fac­ing scheme.

“The rest is for planned main­te­nance such as resur­fac­ing and sur­face dress­ing.”

●● Char­lotte But­ler snapped the pot­holes in Water­foot, above. These ones on Mar­ket Street, Whit­worth, right, taken by Clem Jones, have now been filled in

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