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£500k pledged to repair potholes

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By JENNY MOODY

29/01/13 Road and pothole damage
Potholes in the Uttoxeter Area.Balence Street Uttoxeter

29/01/13 Road and pothole damage Potholes in the Uttoxeter Area.Balence Street Uttoxeter

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AS potholes continue to plague Uttoxeter streets following wet and snowy weather, council chiefs have announced £500,000 of funding for repairs.

Staffordshire County Council made the announcement meaning some of the major potholes in the town will be repaired, making the roads safer for motorists.

This is on top of the £43.5 million spent on repairing and improving Staffordshire’s roads every year.

Making the announcement, Mike Maryon, Staffordshire’s highways chief, said the authority is constantly striving to improve roads and the £500,000 is a testament to that.

He said: “We are constantly working to improve our roads to keep them safe.

“The extra half a million pounds allocated to repairing potholes, is testament that the county council is a well-run, responsible authority, that puts the safety of Staffordshire’s people at the forefront.

“Well maintained highways are vital to Staffordshire’s economy and for the past three years we have successfully reduced the number of potholes on our roads.

“However, in the last six months, we identified 6,500 potholes – a 50 per cent increase on the previous year, which followed the county’s wettest year on record and which will have increased further, because of recent heavy snow and a further deluge of rain.

“The severe weather we’ve been experiencing has taken its toll, but once conditions allow, our dedicated highways team will be out and about repairing the potholes.

“We are doing all we can to fix the problem but will have to prioritise.

“I’d ask people to be patient as this is a huge job and will take some time.

“In the meantime, please continue to report any potholes by phoning our hotline.”

Staffordshire County Council said it has invested £50 million to improve the state of its roads, to keep them well maintained and extend the life of the carriageways.

The additional money announced will be used specifically for the repair of potholes, which can damage cars if they are drove over too fast. Bad weather, such has the recent snow and floods, can cause potholes by damaging the roads.

People can help by reporting potholes or damaged roads to the authority by phoning 0300 111 8000 or via the website. Drivers can also help by slowing down and passing potholes slowly.

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