Bad weather caused potholes - council

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2012

Byron Road, Locking. Road suface in need of repair.

Byron Road, Locking. Road suface in need of repair.

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BAD weather is to blame for the potholes in North Somerset's roads, according to the council, as it prepares to make widespread repairs across the district.

BAD weather is to blame for the potholes in North Somerset’s roads, according to the council, as it prepares to make widespread repairs across the district.

Last week, the Mercury published a number of gripes from readers who branded the area’s roads ‘awful’ and ‘terrible’ because of the number of craters in their surface.

North Somerset Council has revealed it has a team working across the area patching potholes, with two gangs of workmen travelling the roads.

A winter patch-up programme is being brought forward, and from August the authority says it hopes to repair 85,000 square feet of road.

A statement released by the council said: “Normally at this time of year the number of potholes reduces dramatically, but the wettest April and June on record have meant that temporary emergency repairs to road surfaces have not lasted as long as they would in drier conditions.

“The winter freeze, followed by a wetter than usual spring and early summer, have combined to cause problems on a number of our roads.

“However, despite the financial challenge the council faces and the need to save over £47million by 2015, it is doing what it can to maintain the roads in North Somerset.”

■ To report damage to road surfaces in North Somerset go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/connect or call 01934 888802.

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