£3m boost for pothole repairs in west Cheshire

Northwich Guardian: £3m boost for pothole repairs in west Cheshire £3m boost for pothole repairs in west Cheshire

COUNCILS in Cheshire have been given more than £3 million to spend on fixing potholes around the county.

Cheshire West and Chester has been given a total of £1,516,590 from a dedicated pothole repair fund while Cheshire East has been given £1,862,407.

The investment will see potentially 28,000 potholes filled in around Cheshire West and 35,000 in Cheshire East.

This comes as part of a greater project whereby councils across England have been allocated £168 million of funding from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund.

As a condition of receiving the money local authorities are required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021, which is the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long-term economic plan.

“By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”

Councils will now need to publish quarterly updates so that local residents can see how many potholes or miles or resurfacing has been undertaken in their area.

This huge investment in the strategic road network is reflected by a further £7.4 billion committed to local roads in the next Parliament, along with funding from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund.

Councils which are awarded funding have been asked to pledge to use the money to help repair potholes or to ensure that they do not appear in the first place.

All repair works have to be completed by end March 2015.

Have you seen a particularly bad pothole in Northwich? Take a picture and email it in to northwich@guardiangrp.co.uk

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8:19pm Wed 25 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

Lets hope that this funding is used wisely and not wasted on sticking plaster repairs.

I've noticed that the ash or whatever they use to fill holes with very quickly gets washed away by the rain. What we need is a more lasting solution. Perhaps we should spend the cash on fixing the roads properly otherwise next year the hole process will be repeated.
Lets hope that this funding is used wisely and not wasted on sticking plaster repairs. I've noticed that the ash or whatever they use to fill holes with very quickly gets washed away by the rain. What we need is a more lasting solution. Perhaps we should spend the cash on fixing the roads properly otherwise next year the hole process will be repeated. hectorplain
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10:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Cymo says...

And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up!
And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up! Cymo
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9:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

Cymo wrote:
And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up!
Exactly!

All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes.
[quote][p][bold]Cymo[/bold] wrote: And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up![/p][/quote]Exactly! All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes. hectorplain
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10:35am Fri 27 Jun 14

MrT1976 says...

hectorplain wrote:
Cymo wrote:
And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up!
Exactly!

All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes.
They don't plan on having water leaks, they don't plan on having gas leaks, these things just happen.
[quote][p][bold]hectorplain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymo[/bold] wrote: And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up![/p][/quote]Exactly! All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes.[/p][/quote]They don't plan on having water leaks, they don't plan on having gas leaks, these things just happen. MrT1976
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1:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

MrT1976 wrote:
hectorplain wrote:
Cymo wrote:
And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up!
Exactly!

All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes.
They don't plan on having water leaks, they don't plan on having gas leaks, these things just happen.
In my experience of plumbing (with pipes) you can always expect them to leak.

It's not rocket science, pipes leak, get over it.

When they leak you have dig them up and repair them.

So what I am saying is that you most expect this, not just wait for it to happen.
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hectorplain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymo[/bold] wrote: And before they repair them, check if any of the utility companies are planning to dig them up![/p][/quote]Exactly! All it takes is a bit of forward planning, and a map of where you've buried the hidden pipes.[/p][/quote]They don't plan on having water leaks, they don't plan on having gas leaks, these things just happen.[/p][/quote]In my experience of plumbing (with pipes) you can always expect them to leak. It's not rocket science, pipes leak, get over it. When they leak you have dig them up and repair them. So what I am saying is that you most expect this, not just wait for it to happen. hectorplain
  • Score: 5

11:01am Sun 29 Jun 14

47thmoon says...

before the tarmac we could rid the country of the expenses fiddling politicians that've blighted the tax payer over the past decade or three. Something useful for them to do at last?
before the tarmac we could rid the country of the expenses fiddling politicians that've blighted the tax payer over the past decade or three. Something useful for them to do at last? 47thmoon
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