County chief says roads need to be fixed

A highways chief has said that roads in Harbottle need to be fixed as soon as possible, after a report in last week’s Gazette which said roads in the village were ‘deplorable’.

Andy Rutherford, head of highways at Northumberland County Council, said: “The county council is absolutely committed to working in partnership with the parish and for the improvement of the roads network and the environment of Northumberland.”

He added that the council has invested in a new approach to pothole repair (see adjacent story) which should help to clear the backlog of work.

He added: “We are starting to recover our roads network after three severe winters and heavy rainfall. Money is being invested in improving highways drainage and we are treating this as a priority. We want to see an improvement in the roads in and around Harbottle sooner rather than later.”