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‘Urgent action is needed’

Coun Ian Swithenbank with jet-patcher operator Stephen Waterstone filling in a pothole.

Coun Ian Swithenbank with jet-patcher operator Stephen Waterstone filling in a pothole.

Residents whose roads are plagued by potholes have hit back after an announcement that the backlog of work has been completed.

Last week we reported that Northumberland County Council had filled in the outstanding backlog of 12,213 potholes in the county.

This was in addition to the normal road maintenance that takes place and was for potholes reported to the council by January 2014.

But people across the county have said that is not the case and holes which were reported two or three years ago are still to be fixed.

Rothbury resident David Brown said: “Last week Northumberland County Council trumpeted their success in completing their backlog of pothole filling.

“Complete rubbish. The potholes and road surface at the bottom of Gravelly Bank in Rothbury have been in a shocking state for at least two years. The roads of Hillside East and Hillside West have holes which have been reported but not acted upon for more than three years.”

Another resident, whose farm lies on a road that has become a diversion since the closure of the B6344 in Rothbury, due to a landslip, has also raised concerns.

Edward Davy, of Brockley Hall Farm, said: “I urge you to take a drive from Pauperhaugh, Longframlington, along the C168 past the Brockley Hall Farm to Rothbury.

“But be prepared to put new springs on your car afterwards.

“This road has become an unofficial diversion since the closure of the B6344 due to the landslip and the volume of traffic is slowly destroying the road.”

Mr Brown has also raised concerns about drains in Rothbury being sited in the wrong position – despite it being reported three years ago.

He said: “The drain at the junction with Hillside East and Pennystane Lane is sited in such a position as to miss all the water coming off the hillside.

“This then flows to the junction with Hillside West and misses the drain there and continues on to the bottom of Gravelly Bank and on to the main road outside Rothbury House and on down the street.” Mr Brown added: “We need action.”

A county couuncil spokeswoman said: “Work is set to be carried out on the potholes and will be completed within the next 28 days. The drainage work is high priority and will be completed within the current yearly programme.”

To report a pothole or problem with road maintenance, visit the website. To report potholes on the A1, A19 and A69 in Northumberland, call 0300 123 5000.

 

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