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War is being won against potholes, say council bosses
THE war on Knutsford’s potholes is going well, according to the borough council.
Cheshire East Council has told the Guardian it is winning the war against potholes in the town and the surrounding area.
A total of 50,000 potholes have been repaired across the borough in 2013 as the council steps up its plan to revitalise the area’s roads.
Cheshire East Council launched its war on potholes in January as part of its ‘Tell Dave’ campaign after being inundated with complaints from town residents and businesses.
The council has already pledged to invest £25 million over the next two years, and Cheshire East Council Highways has said it has proved it is on the road to winning the pothole war with these latest figures and ‘will not stop in working hard to improve the Cheshire East road network’.
The council blamed successive bad winters and under-investment prior to local government reorganisation in 2008, which the council said has resulted in an abnormally high number of defects.
Knutsford was particularly badly hit, with some of the town’s roads blasted by frustrated residents. Town centre garages told the Guardian they were busier than usual due to the damage caused by drivers hitting the holes in the road.
Clr David Topping, cabinet member in charge of roads, said: “I am very happy that we have reached our target of filling 50,000 potholes, and would like to thank residents for reporting them to us.
“We faced a huge task in improving the roads, but I am delighted to say we are achieving our targets, and I hope people can see the improvements. We know we still have more work to do, and I encourage residents to continue reporting potholes to us.”
Alongside repairing potholes, surface dressing is taking place across Knutsford and Cheshire East. Surface dressing is a process using bitumen and chippings which protects roads that have been patched ahead of winter to make repairs last longer.
This year’s surface dressing will use around 700,000 square metres of bitumen.
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