MP urges residents to report potholes

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has urged local residents to report areas where potholes repeatedly form.

Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 11:01 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:48 am
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick Upon Tweed

Northumberland County Council is taking part in a new pilot scheme to give local areas more say on road improvements.

Extra funding of £500,000 has been allocated for a new Northumberland Local Pothole Fund, on top of the £20million already being spent county-wide through this year’s Local Transport Plan capital programme.

Mrs Trevelyan said: “It is vital residents get in touch with their county councillor to ensure the worst potholes in north Northumberland can be repaired permanently.

“Potholes may seem like a small issue, but they cause day-to-day annoyance and damage to vehicles, and make our roads difficult to access in some cases.

“If you live near potholes which have re-formed despite repairs over the years, make sure you feed that in to your county councillor so the location can be included in the new scheme.”

The five local area councils are each being allocated £100,000, with members of each area council invited to submit suggestions on their priorities for permanent repair of key areas suffering from repeat pothole failure or localised drainage issues.

The deadline for the first round of submissions is mid-August.

Mrs Trevelyan, who encouraged the Government’s decision to provide additional funds for Northumberland County Council for pothole repair, has heard from the interim chief executive, Daljit Lally, how the council will use the cash.

Ms Lally also reiterated to Mrs Trevelyan that the new council administration is placing increased priority on improving the condition of the highway network.