Chorley potholes left half filled as team runs out of asphalt on the job
Written by Skywave Radio News on February 24, 2021
A Chorley resident has complained after claiming the council filled in a pothole, leaving the one next to it before driving off.
Beckie Ramsay (BEM), of Whittle-le-Woods, has said she thought it was ‘strange’ that one pothole was dealt on with Church Hill while the other was seemingly ignored by Lancashire County Council.
The resident claims that yesterday (February 23) she saw the repair van come up and fix one of the holes but simply drive over the other one.
She said to LancsLive: “They drove over the first one to get to the second. It’s very strange. To do what they did today was ludicrous pass one pothole to fix another. I was a little shocked when I realised only one had been fixed.
“The potholes are a constant pain. Literally every few months and in the exact same places.
“The whole road needs redoing every few months and it’s the same two places.”
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We are currently repairing a lot of potholes due to the damage caused by the recent cold and wet weather, and would ask people to help us by reporting any they find using our online system Report It.
“The team which visited Church Hill this week ran out of asphalt before being able to complete their repairs, but are planning to return on Thursday to finish the job. We would ask people to take extra care in this area in the meantime.”
It comes after it was acknowledged there was a problem with the system for reporting potholes in Lancashire, meaning that some defects which the public are told have been rectified remain unfilled.
Liberal Democrat group leader David Whipp said that residents using County Hall’s online “Report It “system are sometimes given inaccurate information about the action which has been taken in response to their complaints about carriageway condition.
“I get extremely frustrated – and so do members of the public – because you’ll report a defect and then when you [later] look back on the system, there is a blue triangle [indicating that the work has been] completed.
“But you then go out and, low and behold, the massive great pothole is still there,” County Cllr Whipp said.
Lancashire County Council’s head of highways, John Davies, said that the problem had been brought to his attention.
Mr. Davies said: “I’m aware that there is an issue with Report It saying that work has been completed when it’s not actually been done and I’m hoping to address that and hopefully we can rectify [it].”
But members were told that the issue was unlikely to skew the county’s performance figures for its rate of pothole repair because they are taken from a different operational database.
However, Labour opposition group deputy leader John Fillis, said that the issue was symptomatic of wider public disquiet about the system of reporting potholes.
“I’m getting more and more people coming to me directly and asking me to complain [on their behalf] about highway defects.”
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