Pothole gangs out on the road

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 January 2013


‘POTHOLE gangs’ will be fixing roads across North Somerset in a bid to keep roads safe across the district.

The announcement comes as a resident of a road blighted by pothole problems has called on the authority to act to make roads safer and smoother.

Robert Dockrell, aged 83, hit out at North Somerset Council in July after his wife’s funeral hearse was unable to drive past their home of 40 years due to the poor condition of its roads.

But he told the Mercury this week the roads through Locking still have potholes and called on the authority to do more to tackle them.

He said: “Nothing has happened at all about it. It would be nice to have some money spent on filling in the holes.

“There have been other places affected too, but have the council done anything?”

But the council has now announced a programme of potholes repairs due to start on Monday aimed at tackling uneven or damaged roads which will last six to eight weeks.

A spokesman for the authority said: “We will have four pothole gangs starting Monday and they will be in operation for between six and eight weeks.

“Their aim is to fill as many as they can to keep the roads in a safe condition. This will gives us time to assess the damage caused through the wet weather.”

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