If your driving this winter has been plagued by some very serious looking potholes, including the ones that have appeared recently just beyond our local roundabout into Chester, then potentially hope is at hand and you will be delighted with a good news story from Cheshire West and Chester Council
On 7th February, Cheshire West and Chester Council announced that it had been awarded £445,141 of funding to help tackle potholes in the borough from the Department of Transport's Pothole Action Fund. The additional money will complement the Council's own funding and support significant number of repairs to potholes and additional patching and surface treatment schemes across the borough.
The announcement stated that at this time of year bad weather has a massive impact on the amount of potholes forming and there is an increase in the number of potholes on the borough's roads. On average, repairs are carried out to over 5,000 potholes each year year. Cheshire West and Chester Council carries out regular inspections of the highway network to ensure potholes and other defects are identified and repaired in a timely manner to keep the highway safe. The location of each defect is accurately logged and a permanent repair are included in an appropriate programme of works, whether that be surface treatment pre-patching or a programme of patching works later in the year.
Further good news is that there is an opportunity for residents to influence the above programme by reporting potholes through the Your Streets website – westcheshireyourstreets.co.uk/road-care-scheme and help to get local serious defects prioritised.
Ed The photograph is of one local pothole that was subsequently repaired.