Poll: Council repairs 11,000 potholes in two months - do you think there is still more work needed?
PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 October 2016
More than 11,000 potholes have been filled in Weston-super-Mare and across North Somerset throughout the summer.
The council hired specialist machinery for June and July to tackle a backlog of pothole repairs across the district.
In June, 5,344 potholes were patched by the council and a further 6,555 were filled throughout July.
The reduction of the backlog meant only 260 potholes were fixed in August.
The council was not able to confirm how many potholes remain in need of attention, but deputy leader and executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, told the Mercury he is ‘really pleased’ with the improvements made so far.
He added: “It’s one of those things where we can never be 100 per cent, it’s a matter which is caused by the use of the roads.
“Clearly the number of potholes is reducing all the time, but what we are trying to do is get on top of the issue before we get into winter, because winter is when potholes are created.”
The council also spent the summer months resurfacing and resealing roads in preparation for the colder weather.
Cllr Ap Rees said: “This will stop winter infiltrating and getting into the surface of the roads and hopefully this will lead to a reduction in the number of potholes which are created.
“The council has invested a lot of its own money into doing this, in the business of it is an investment which will save money in the long run.”
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