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'Still waiting on potholes' claims councillor
A COUNCILLOR has questioned Cheshire East Council’s (CEC) commitment to repairing potholes throughout the borough.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, clr Rod Fletcher, said some potholes reported by local councillors before Christmas were still waiting to be treated, while other potholes fixed last year ‘had reappeared and are now even bigger’.
Clr Fletcher said: “Since the highways contract was outsourced in October 2011, the response to highway defects has been much slower.
“Cheshire East recently announced that they have received 2£million from central Government to improve the roads. Members of the public are asking where this money is being spent.”
He called for ‘more urgent action on repairing roads and more money on resurfacing worn out roads instead of filling in the same potholes every few months.’
CEC’s new cabinet member for the environment, David Topping, has announced that the council would invest £25 million over the next two years to tackle the problem.
Clr Topping has attributed the state of the borough’s roads to ‘successive bad winters’ and under-investment by former authorities.
CEC are in the process of prioritising routes needing the most urgent attention.
The council has warned that this may mean busy commuter thoroughfares are treated before residential roads with less traffic.
Readers can report potholes that need fixing via www.cheshireeasthighways.org/ReportIt or by calling 0300 123 5020.
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