Leader makes plea for multimillion pound pothole pot

Pain: Potholes are an ever-present blight on roads

Pain: Potholes are an ever-present blight on roads

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A significant share of a multimillion pound Government grant to fix potholes should be allocated to the county, says the leader of Surrey County Council.

The Government has released £168m for the Pothole Fund and is encouraging councils to pledge the number of potholes they aim to repair by March 2015 as they bid for extra funding.

Recent floods caused £15m worth of damage to about 2,500 Surrey roads, and county council leader David Hodge hoped the county would benefit.

Mr Hodge said: “Given that Surrey contributes more in taxation to the UK economy than anywhere other than the City of London, keeping our county moving is important not only locally but also nationally.

“And it’s time our residents and businesses saw some return for this contribution, especially because Surrey’s major roads also carry twice as much traffic as the national average.”

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9:35am Sun 27 Apr 14

EwellMan says...

This will obviously Help but also the council needs to use contractors that offer warranties and do a proper job for the money. How many times does the council end up fixing the same pothole or dislodged paving slab over and over again. An example, look outside the Spring Pub in Ewell Village where there is a pedestrian crossing. There has been a pothole there now for over 2 years and the council keep filling it in rather than actually dealing with the issue propoerly. Its like they want someone to trip and brake a leg or receive yet another claim for Car damage.
If the council put as much effort into fixing the roads as i does rising council tax we wouldnt have an issue. I have also witnessed some years ago when the resurfaced Waterloo Road the contractors just resurfacing over the already present potholes instead of filling them first!
This will obviously Help but also the council needs to use contractors that offer warranties and do a proper job for the money. How many times does the council end up fixing the same pothole or dislodged paving slab over and over again. An example, look outside the Spring Pub in Ewell Village where there is a pedestrian crossing. There has been a pothole there now for over 2 years and the council keep filling it in rather than actually dealing with the issue propoerly. Its like they want someone to trip and brake a leg or receive yet another claim for Car damage. If the council put as much effort into fixing the roads as i does rising council tax we wouldnt have an issue. I have also witnessed some years ago when the resurfaced Waterloo Road the contractors just resurfacing over the already present potholes instead of filling them first! EwellMan
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