New teams formed to tackle pothole problems

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 June 2014

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A BRAND new scheme aiming to tackle Weston and North Somerset’s pothole problems has been launched – costing the council more than half a million pounds.

Two Smart Teams have been organised to carry out urgent road repairs across the district and they will be geared up to operate on a ‘fix it once and fix it well’ basis.

The authority currently spends around £490,000 a year fixing roads, which is enough to cover around 6,000 potholes being repaired, but under the new programme that figure will rise to £582,000.

There will also be a third ‘emergency’ team for any urgently-needed repairs and other highway-related work.

The creation of the two new crews, employed by the council’s highways contractors, Balfour Beatty, follows a review of road maintenance arrangements, and a trial of the teams.

It also comes just weeks after the Mercury highlighted readers’ frustrations at the uneven state of the district’s roads.

Deputy leader of North Somerset, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the roads of North Somerset, we want to make sure we’re making best use of the resources we’ve got to deal with the ongoing issues of potholes on the roads.

“We know that pothole repairs are really important to our residents, so we want to make sure that when people report them to us, that we’re able to respond quickly, get them filled, and do the repair to a high standard.

“Successive harsh-winters have taken their toll on some of our roads, but we’re determined to use this new regime to bring the roads back up to an acceptable standard.”

The Smart Teams will be available five days a week, with weekend and out-of-hours calls covered by the emergency group, with the ability to fill more than 180 potholes per week, depending on the size of the cavities.

To report a pothole visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect or call Council Connect on 01934 888802.

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