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Call for cash to repair potholes

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A CALL has been made for Staffordshire County Council to hand over funding to parish and town councils which would enable them to repair potholes and other minor repairs to roads in their area quickly.

At last week's meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council, whose area covers several villages, councillors stated that several roads within the parish were now in poor condition despite them being reported to the highways department many times.

Councillors stated that areas around Calton, Waterhouses and the road leading to Throwley were in very poor condition with potholes.

Now councillors are to write to the county council and also their local representative, councillor Gill Heath, asking for funding to be given to parishes to enable them to get a professional contractor to complete the required work.

Councillor Mavis Simpson said: "The county highways should now give us the money so we can take care of our own repairs."

Councillor Andrew Carr said: "The highways department sends gangs around with some Tarmac, they do one and then moved somewhere else.

"We should write and say we are not happy with the service.

"It would be a lot cheaper and a better service if we did the work with a private enterprise. There are plenty in the area and many good firms with a licence to do work on highways.

"If we do not ask we will not get a change to the system."

Parish and district councillor Edwin Wain said: "The county highways are wasting money. We should write to the councillor who has the responsibility for roads at the county council and also our own representative Gill Heath, stating that people are not doing their job properly and to give us the money to do the work."

Councillor Eddie Simpson said: "If parishes were allocated the money they could do a better job and the community would receive a better service for their roads."

Cheadle mayor, Ian Plant, said the town council would also be interested at looking at such a scheme. He said: "This is something we have spoken about as companies are coming in from outside the Moorlands, which means many local firms are missing out. Proper funding would have to be put in place and we would have to start from a level playing field as at the moment there are so many potholes to repair."

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council's support cabinet member for transport and connected county said: "The safety of members of the public is our prime concern and we prioritise repairs to highways on this basis, rather than by parish to parish.

"After last year's severe winter we invested an extra £500,000 in treating potholes and, while the overall condition of our 6,000 kilometres of highways continues to improve, this is an ongoing challenge.

"Parish councils and residents can of course report any concerns they have to either the highways department or their local county councillor."

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