A RESIDENT has raised concerns about potholes in his street which, he claims, could be a potential risk to both drivers and cyclists. Andy de Caso, who lives in Friars Close in Cheadle, has written to Staffordshire County councillor Mark Deaville about his concerns over the offending holes along his residential street. Andy said in his correspondences to cllr Deaville: “I believe a number of local residents may have spoken to you about this matter previously, but I now feel that having reported this on a number of occasions, with no resolve, that I need to raise this with you directly.
“Firstly I do understand that prioritising road damage is a continuous challenge and that resource has to be allocated to the most required repairs.
“I reported pot hole damage last year on Friars Close and some repairs were made, I failed to understand and took this up directly with the helpdesk, that why when the resource was here, that they did not repair the emerging potholes to save having to revisit the close again in the future.
“I was unable to get a satisfactory response, certainly one that was logical or made commercial sense and hence I write you now to report the said potholes.
“The road surface is now starting to get impassible.
“I am a keen cyclist and if I am ever forced into the large hole at the bottom of the road, I will be lucky to escape injury and bike damage.
“I am not going to labour the points but anything you can do to get all – to save re-occurring costs – the road damage repaired, I and the other residents would be very grateful.”
Councillor Mark Deaville told the Times & Echo yesterday, Tuesday, July 16: “I have spoken to residents in Friars Close and I am aware of these defects and I fully understand their concerns. “Highway defects of course are addressed and repaired on a priority basis.
“I will endeavour to get the repairs completed as soon as possible but these repairs will have to be completed alongside other priorities in the area.”
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council added: “We know that potholes are a concern to people and our highways crews make every effort to fix them as soon as possible.
“This is starting to be helped again now as we are in the main road repairing season.
“We do have the largest road network in the West Midlands, with around 6,000km of roads and our crews fix around 20,000 potholes every year. Pothole repairs are prioritised depending on the risk they pose to the public.
“Any defect which poses an immediate risk is dealt with as a priority, and others are repaired when resources are available.”
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