County pothole reports pour in

MORE than 100 potholes have been reported to Northumberland County Council in the last week and residents are being urged to report more.

In the northern area 129 reports of defects were made to the highways department of the council last week as the prolonged harsh weather took its toll on north Northumberland’s roads.

But workers for the county’s north area highways department are fixing problems and are calling on drivers to report any problems they find.

Richard Hayes, Highways Area Manager for the North said: “We have teams inspecting the road network for damage and we are undertaking urgent repairs as soon as possible. A priority system for identifying and repairing all potholes is in place and repairs are carried out within certain timescales determined by risk assessment, the type of road they are on, the amount of traffic using that road and the nature and extent of the pothole or road defect.

“As always, we encourage residents to contact us on 0845 6006400 to report any local problems as this will allow us to identify those areas which need particular attention.”

“During the last week alone, 129 potholes were reported in the northern area and we would like to thank those people who took the time to report them. Potholes and road defects can also be reported through our website at www.northumberland.gov.uk”