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County’s pothole policy under fire

Pothole pain: Lincolnshire County Council aims to repair serious potholes within 24 hours.

Pothole pain: Lincolnshire County Council aims to repair serious potholes within 24 hours.

Lincolnshire’s policy on repairing potholes came under fire this week when a man injured by falling into one asked Moulton Parish Council to take up his case against the county council.

Tony Rawling is threatening to sue over a pothole at a track called Lowgate in Moulton Loosegate, near his home.

His story appeared in this week’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Moulton councillors agreed to write to the county for more details.

Now Holbeach resident David Jones wants to know why a county highways repairs team had been instantly despatched to Loosegate when Mr Rawling’s story came out, yet a pothole in Hallgate, Holbeach, has been left untouched with a barrier round it for three months.

He said: “This pothole with the barrier takes up half the road and I complained a month ago, but nothing’s been done.”

County council area highways manager Jonathan Pearson said: “We do aim to repair the more serious potholes on the roads within 24 hours, assessing them on factors like size, number of vehicles on the road, and also the speed limit. We look to protect people on the roads that are used most frequently as a priority to help ensure their safety.

“The Moulton track isn’t routinely inspected or repaired in the same way main roads are. But after being told that someone had been injured after falling here, we took the opportunity to make some repairs as we had some resources in the area.

“In Hallgate the road has actually collapsed and was coned off for safety reasons while we investigated. As soon as Anglian Water had carried out checks, the road was scheduled for repairs which will take place later this month.”

 

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