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Concern over state of roads in Waterhouses parish

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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COUNTRY roads in a parish which covers several villages have been described as being like "a dodgem track".

A meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council blasted highway officials for doing none of the work which the authority has reported.

Now it is to write to head of Staffordshire County Council highways and the area's county councillor Gill Heath seeking urgent action on roads which they feel need prioritising.

Councillor Edwin Wain said: "I am sick and tired of the number of potholes around the parish; it is like driving on a dodgem track.

"The county council has got to get its act together as there are potholes everywhere."

He added: "In one incident they took away a cattle grid on the road at Throwley Moor, then found out they had not got a welder to repair it. It took three months to complete the work. How much did this cost? We seem to be banging our heads against a brick wall."

The parish covers villages including Calton, Waterfall, Waterhouses, Cauldon and Winkhill.

Councillor Andrew Carr said: "Some work could be done a lot cheaper by using private contractors. For a new grid or repair work quotes could have been obtained from two or three contractors.

"We seem to write almost every month to our county councillor, Gill Heath, who then passes the letters on.

"Around 12 months ago a council officer came out to look at the state of the roads, but we are no further ahead.

"We have got to have a scheme that goes forward as at the moment we are going nowhere."

Councillor John Goldstraw said that the county council had saved money on gritting during the mild winter,which could now be used to repair roads.

Councillor Mavis Simpson said: "We took an officer around the parish around the 12 months ago, but it has just got worse."

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet support member for transport and connected county, said: "We are responsible for 6,000 kilometres of highways and improving and maintaining the quality of the highways is a key priority for the council.

"The weather, make-up of roads, volume of traffic and other work in the highways can all contribute to weakened roads and can result in potholes appearing.

"We currently fill around 300 potholes per week and, while we understand people's concerns, we have to prioritise repairs based absolutely on the hazard they pose to motorists across the whole county rather than by specific town or village, with category one potholes normally repaired within 24 hours.

"The Government has announced extra funding for road repairs and we will be looking at how this can be best spent in Staffordshire to further improve road conditions for the county's residents."

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