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Spalding councillor calls for action over potholes

People are calling for action over the state of some roads in South Holland where poor surfacing and potholes have been reported.

Lincolnshire County Council has been carrying out a number of repairs but there are still many areas that people are concerned about.

Spalding district and county councillor Angela Newton has been asking for a while for repair work in Halmergate.

Councillor Angela Newton shows the 'depression' that has been left in the road in Halmergate, Spalding. (39111999)
Councillor Angela Newton shows the 'depression' that has been left in the road in Halmergate, Spalding. (39111999)

This is after a ‘significant dip’ was left in an area of the road between Halmer Gardens and Cley Hall Drive.The road had been closed for two days in February while Anglian Water carried out work at the site.

Coun Newton complained afterwards to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department about the state the road was left in.

She said: “I emailed the county council and said ‘I hope you have not paid for that work.’”

Potholes in Sheep Market, Spalding. (39299750)
Potholes in Sheep Market, Spalding. (39299750)

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “We are aware of an ongoing issue with the road surface in Halmergate.We are currently investigating this with the local highways agency to assess what the cause of the issue is.”

Motorist Rodney Sadd branded roads around the district a “shambles” earlier in the year due to the number of potholes he had seen.

But he said he feels the county gets an unfair deal when it comes to funding from central government.

“As a regular road user I don’t think I’ve seen a significant improvement, especially on the ‘B’ roads,” Mr Sadd said.

“I would have thought we would have seen more repairs during the lockdown.I went down Pennygate and I’ve not seen anything like it. Workers were resurfacing the road with stone chippings.

“It’s the sticking plaster routine and it will not only do a lot of damage to vehicles, but won’t last very long.Walking back towards Carrington Road I noticed the drains were full of stone chippings.

“Woolram Wygate has
recently been resurfaced and having driven through this
area I feel this repair will benefit the area for the long-term.”

A county council highways spokesman said: “When we surface dress roads, we spray the road with bitumen binder, followed by a layer of stone chippings.

“The chippings are pressed into the surface by a roller and to ensure a uniform coating, more chippings are deliberately applied to the surface than are actually required to complete the dressing process. The road is then swept three times to remove the
excess chippings – first after 24 hours, then after a week, then again after about 13 weeks.”

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