Extra £6.5m to repair pot holes

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Major roads in South Holland ravaged by months of drought followed by harsh wintry conditions are to benefit from an additional £6.5 million to repair pot holes countywide.

Last month, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) reminded residents to watch out for pot holes in roads as temperatures remained below freezing point.

Readers on the Lincolnshire Free Press Facebook page have been reporting deep pot holes on roads around the Spalding area and expressing concerns about car repair bills and rising insurance premiums if they hit one.

In December last year, a Pinchbeck driver left with a car repair bill for £500 was angry after her claims for compensation were turned down.

Nicola Price was left stranded beside the quiet Chesboule Lane after hitting the 20cm wide hole while travelling at about 35mph on her way home from visiting a friend in Gosberton in August, causing two tyres to burst and resulting in two bent and irreparable alloy wheels,

Coun William Webb, Lincolnshire County Council executive member for highways and transportation, said: “Each year, the county council invests nearly £50m on repairs to maintain the county’s 5,500 miles of road.

“We have ten teams dedicated to reactive repairs and run an emergency repairs service that aims to fix particularly bad pot holes within 24 hours, although it can be very difficult to repair them in wet or cold weather.

“Over the next two years, we’ll invest a further £6.5 million to renew, repair and extend the life of roads across Lincolnshire. The extra funding will enable us to carry out more preventative work on our roads, so we can fix pot holes before they even appear. We will also aim to deliver more first-time fixes.

“We encourage the public to report potholes to us so we can prioritise and schedule them for repair.”

If you see a pothole, call highways on 01522 782070 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk