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Parish is plagued with potholes

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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A PARISH council is demanding action by highway officials over the large amount of potholes which are affecting roads in their area.

Kingsley Parish councillors have repeatedly voiced their concerns over the state of roads in the Kingsley, Kingsley Holt and Whiston area.

Council chairman councillor Ivor Lucas, said: "There are about 30 potholes in Hollins Lane, Kingsley.

"It is unbelievable and the road needs resurfacing."

Councillor Elsie Fallows also reported the condition of Ross Road in Whiston, which she claims is impassable.

She added: "I have had to replace a bearing on my car.

"I'm thinking of writing my own letter."

Councillor Hilary Weekes said that Blakeley Lane, from the A52 at Whiston to Garston, is very poor, likening the route to "Beirut", while Lockwood Road in Kingsley Holt has "loads of potholes".

She said: "People are forced to drive in the middle of the road."

Councillor Malcolm Sales said that the council should also inform the county council that some workmanship was "shoddy".

Councillor Howard Mycock said: "Some potholes were done in one area, but other bigger ones have been left as the contractors said they had no reference for them."

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

"Weather, road structure, traffic volume and other work in the highways can all contribute to weakened roads and can result in potholes. We currently fill around 300 potholes per week and, while we understand people's concerns, we have to prioritise repairs based on the hazard they pose to motorists across the whole county, rather than by specific town or village, with category 1 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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