Why are roads still like this?

Pot holes A16 between Crowland and Cowbit ANL-151203-172831001
Pot holes A16 between Crowland and Cowbit ANL-151203-172831001
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It’s more than six months since Lincolnshire County Council pledged to match the Government’s £5.5million funding to repair our roads.

Since then residents have seen weeks of roadworks across the district, but are the dreaded potholes being filled?

Pot holes East Gate Whaplode ANL-151203-173546001

Pot holes East Gate Whaplode ANL-151203-173546001

In January, the RAC reported the county council had the 12th highest number of pothole damage compensation claims of 200 authorities, paying out £94,725.30 in 2013-14.

The claim came in spite of a county council pledge in June last year that thousands more potholes could be filled – but our readers on Facebook are not convinced work has been done.

Keith Welch said: “East Gate, Whaplode, to Whaplode St Catherines verges are all ripped up. The whole two-mile stretch is a pothole heaven.”

Diane Voss said: “Middle Marsh Road from Flint House to Roman Bank, Holbeach Bank, has more potholes than that.”

Pot holes Middle Marsh Rd to Flint House Road Holbeach ANL-151203-173906001

Pot holes Middle Marsh Rd to Flint House Road Holbeach ANL-151203-173906001

Erica Wicks warned: “Avoid the edges of Star Lane, Holbeach Bank, like the plague!”

Wendy Woolf said: “The new A16 from Crowland to Spalding has got some big potholes worse than that.”

Dave Chetwynd, principal engineer for the county council said: “Several sections of road have undergone resurfacing in the Holbeach and Spalding area, part-funded by the county council’s allocation of £5.4million from the Department for Transport’s £168million pothole fund announced in June 2014.

“It’s more cost effective to replace sections of the principal road network before they deteriorate, instead of waiting for potholes and ruts to form. These schemes include the recent improvements of the road surface along Albion Street in Spalding.

Pot holes Star Lane Holbeach Bank ANL-151203-173813001

Pot holes Star Lane Holbeach Bank ANL-151203-173813001

“Other roads to have 
benefited during last October and November are the A17 Fleet, A17/B1168 Holbeach Roundabout, the A151 New Link Roundabout Holbeach and the A151 Weston Roundabout.“

Residents are urged to report a pothole by calling 01522 782070, or visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/potholes