ROAD repairs are being stepped up in South Derbyshire to deal with damage caused by heavy rain in recent weeks.
Extra staff at Derbyshire County Council have been drafted in to drive along the county’s most important routes – around 1,500 miles – to find and fix dangerous potholes.
Councillor Simon Spencer, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Days of continuous rain meant we couldn’t get out there to keep on top of the repairs and this means our roads are in a pretty bad way.
“That’s why we’re surveying all our priority routes to identify dangerous defects and make them safe.”
All emergency repairs along these routes are expected to be complete by early next week.
The county council is changing the way it deals with day-to-day pothole repairs in line with the latest Government advice following a national review.
It recommends that councils should aim to reduce the number of temporary quick fixes in favour of longer-term repairs.