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Will they listen now state of Spalding-area roads has been brought up at Prime Minister's questions?

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Residents fed-up with the state of South Holland’s roads hope that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was listening when the problems were highlighted in parliament.

Esmond Gadd has had to fork out to repair at least two split tyres due to the countless potholes which mark Marsh Drove in Surfleet Marsh.

Last week Lincoln MP Karl McCartney spoke at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons to raise the fact that maintenance money was cut by more than £12m.

Esmond Gadd with the potholes in Marsh Drove, Surfleet
Esmond Gadd with the potholes in Marsh Drove, Surfleet

Mr Gadd, who says that work has finally started this week to repair the road, said: “I understand that budgets are tight after the pandemic but the wilful neglect over the years of maintaining the roads that they now need major repair.

“I am hoping that the Government will provide more money.”

Moulton Chapel parish councillor Ian Benton has been highlighting problems with roads around the village.

Oxcroft Bank In Moulton Chapel (53434152)
Oxcroft Bank In Moulton Chapel (53434152)

He said: “I am glad that it has been raised on a national stage but I am disappointed that we have had cuts.

“People are finding the state of the roads hard work. The small roads around the villages are split in the middle.

“A lot of areas need extra help rather than cuts.”

South Holland MP Sir John Hayes has written to Tranport Minister Grant Schapps on the county’s budget and is hoping to hold a group meeting with the county’s MPs to discuss this issue.

Mr Hayes said the county council cannot keep using its financial reserves to reinforce the highways budget.

But did state that the problem date back to former Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s decision to detrunk the county’s roads apart from the A1.

He said: “My view is that the county councillor should be supported to a greater extent by the Government.”

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