Plot the pots

Pot holes on Ighten Road Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Pot holes on Ighten Road Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

POTHOLE-RIDDLED roads are making Burnley motorists’ lives a misery.

Harsh winter weather has left the town’s roads littered with the unsightly holes and highway chiefs are coming under pressure to do something about it.

Helpless drivers across the borough run the risk of costly repairs as they pass over the uneven surfaces with accidents also a concern as many swerve to avoid them.

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is warning motorists to take extra care as chief executive Mr David Williams believes budget constraints may mean council priorities lie elsewhere.

He said: “It would not come as a surprise if local councils take a lot longer to deal with the problem, so we are encouraging drivers to stay alert and where possible take it upon themselves to report serious potholes.”

However, Lancashire County Coun. Tim Ashton, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said potholes are high on the agenda with a condition survey due to be carried out on all roads at the end of the month.

“The level of investment I’ve committed to resurfacing schemes and tackling potholes reflects the high priority that the county council places on highway maintenance.

“Our roads have suffered as a result of the last two winters which have been exceptionally harsh and I’m aware that many cracks and potholes will have appeared in recent months.

“People should be reassured that highways are a priority and one that we’ve invested real money in. We fixed a third more potholes in the last year than we would in a normal year.

“We have protected highways from budget cuts – around £45m. was spent in each of the last two years and this level of investment will continue in 2011/12.

“However, while we repair the worst potholes within 24 hours of our inspectors or members of the public reporting them, I would ask people to be patient – repairing roads is a year-round task and there is no way we can deal with every pothole in Lancashire as soon as spring arrives.”