Report your pot holes for share of cash

The Advertiser is launching a campaign this week urging people to report pot holes in their roads after Nottinghamshire County Council vowed to spend an extra million pound on the problem.

The county council spent £2.8m filling pot holes in across the county last year – and has pledged an extra million this financial year, taking the total to nearly £4m.

Cllr Keith Longdon who represents Eastwood on the county council said he would fully support the campaign.

“I think it’s a great idea. Let’s make sure the people of Eastwood and Kimberley get their fare share of this extra money,” he said.

The councillor does a tour of the town’s roads at the end of each winter and hands the county council a list of pot holes that need filling, and a list of roads that need to be resurfaced.

He said he will be inspecting the roads in three weeks time, and hopes Great Northern Road, Greenhils Road and Chewton Street will attract some of the extra £1m.

Cllr Ken Rigby, who represents Kimberley on the county council said roads needing particular attention included Valley Road, Church Hill, High Street, Kimberley Close, Cliff Boulevard and High Spannia.

Cllr Rigby said: “I always recommend that people report pot holes. We have thee direct lines to the right people. We can’t guarantee they will be filled, but they will always get examined.”

Residents living in Beauvale Rise, Eastwood recently got in touch with MP Gloria De Piero about the pot holes in their road, and she has written to the council’s highways manager Ian Wyatt on the residents’ behalf to see what can be done.

The £3.8m budgted for pot holes is for patch work only. The extra million will fund the repair of an additional 5,000 potholes. Finance for roads to be resurfaced comes out of the general highways maintenance budget, which stands at £m this financial year – xx more than last year.

For a pot hole to be filled in, it needs to be one and a half inches deep. Pot holes on pavements need to be an inch deep.