motorists should see faster pothole repairs after cash boost
in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area should be repaired
quicker in the future thanks to a government funding injection
while Somerset County Council has welcomed news of a one-off pot
of £1.17m to fix potholes across Somerset, it says a greater
long term investment in road maintenance is still required from
announcement from the Department for Transport of a national Pothole
Action Fund states that the money could be used to fill 22,000
potholes in Somerset alone.
the County Council says that rather than simply filling in potholes,
it is much more cost effective albeit more expensive initially
to make a permanent repair by cutting out and replacing
the failing section of road with hot material.
David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
for Highways, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Were a big
rural county with more than 4,000 miles of road, and have seen
our funding from Government consistently reduced over recent years."
whilst this one-off extra funding is very welcome,
a greater ongoing level of investment from Government in our basic
structural maintenance programme would enable us to ensure fewer
potholes appear in the first place."
believe prevention is better than cure, and are committed to using
a sound maintenance strategy to keep our roads safe. Despite the
ongoing challenge of funding pressures, we continue to spend more
than £20 million each year on our roads which includes major
resurfacing and restructuring work, as well as repairing nearly
20,000 safety defects."
County Council regularly inspects roads and footpaths for potholes,
but also relies on members of the public to report any problems
by phoning 0300 123 2224 or visiting www.somerset.gov.uk/reportapothole.
residents report a pothole, it will be inspected within three
working days and a repair will be planned if it meets certain
criteria. As a guide, potholes identified as safety defects will
be repaired within 28 days, although more severe hazards in busier
locations can be repaired within 24 hours.