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Council’s ‘temporary repairs’ to alleviate pothole problem

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

27/03/14 Poor pothole job Poor pothole repair, Hawkins Lane..

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THE network of potholes plaguing road users in and around Burton could be subject to ‘temporary repairs’ as the council look to work their way through the backlog of crater-ridden roads.

Following heavy rainfall at the start of the year, many existing potholes have increased in size and severity, with drivers regularly telling the Mail about the damage they have caused to their vehicles.

Now the weather is improving there are calls for Staffordshire County Council to act and make sure the potholes are filled in once and for all. However the Mail has received complaints that in some places, the job does not look to have been completed in a way that will stop the hole from redeveloping.

One reader, who did not want to be named, told the Mail: “I noticed they had attempted to repair the pothole that had developed next to an exposed manhole cover on Hawkins Lane.

“However it just looks like a thin layer of tarmac has been placed around the lip of the manhole cover. It doesn’t look like it has been done properly whatsoever.”

The council has said that they do intend to fill in all potholes properly in due course, but that temporary repairs should prevent further damage to vehicles in the mean time. Cabinet Support Member for Transport and the Connected County Simon Tagg said: “We aim to carry out pothole repairs as soon as possible, but have to prioritise those on main roads with the most amount of traffic.

“Depending on the location, temporary repairs may be done to make the road safe until we can carry out a more permanent solution which may involve traffic management. Temporary repairs will also be carried out where a road improvement scheme is scheduled for that area in coming months.”

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