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Knutsford's potholes: ‘There are better roads in third world’
KNUTSFORD’S potholes are still a major talking point in the town despite council highway bosses investing £25 million on the borough’s roads.
In August Cheshire East Council told the Guardian that it was winning the war against the growing number of 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.
The authority launched its war on potholes in January as part of its Tell Dave campaign after being inundated with complaints from town residents and businesses.
Since an announcement in May detailing which roads in the town were to be repaired a stretch of Tabley Hill Lane in the town centre has also been fully resurfaced.
However some of the town’s smaller estate roads have yet to be treated due to the council’s well-publicised decision to treat major routes first.
Town resident Gill Collins told the Guardian that some of the roads in Knutsford – including Ashworth Park and Church Hill – were still worse than those in third world countries.
“I’ve had stones stuck in my brake discs but they didn’t want to know when I contacted them,” she said.
“There are better roads than that in the third world.
“Where is the economic sense of circling part of the pothole and leaving the other half? They are just wasting money.
“Because the bad roads in town are not through roads they tend to ignore it.”
A Cheshire East Council spokesman told the Guardian: “Cheshire East Council has invested £25 million over a two-year programme to begin to tackle the condition of the highway network.
“The programme is just over half way through, and the investment team are in the process of assessing sites for the next phase.
“In the meantime safety inspections are regularly undertaken across the whole of the network to ensure that any defects that reach intervention levels are remedied quickly.
“Defect repairs are based on the condition of the road and not its category, with all works subject to the availability of funding.”
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