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Nottinghamshire County Council asks Newark and Sherwood residents to take action on potholes




Recent bad weather and the £143m backlog of road repairs have contributed to potholes becoming a concern for Newark and Sherwood residents.

Across Nottinghamshire, more than 7,600 repairs have been made over the past three months.

Potholes form when the road surface freezes and thaws repeatedly, and while most common in winter and early spring, they can form anywhere and at any time.

Potholes return at Chatham Court, Newark, just a few months after being repaired by Notts County Council. Laurence Goff. (45010099)
Potholes return at Chatham Court, Newark, just a few months after being repaired by Notts County Council. Laurence Goff. (45010099)

Despite £24m of funding into the county’s highways over the last three years, residents are being reminded that this doesn’t mean that all roads in Nottinghamshire can be resurfaced and safety repairs are an important part of keeping highway users safe.

John Cottee, chairman of the communities and place committee, said: “In the last three months, Via East Midlands has repaired a total of 7,616 potholes.

“We know that this is a very important subject in our communities and that residents may be concerned when they see potholes in their local area.

“With 2,734 miles of roads to cover, highways inspection teams cannot be in every location at once.

“That is why it is so important for residents to report any potholes or road defects that they see to us, otherwise we may not know about it.

“When potholes are reported to the council, an inspector will visit the site within 10 working days, and those which are at least 40mm deep will be repaired in a time scale ranging from within two hours to 28 days depending on their severity.

“Many may wonder why we only fix some and not all potholes on the same street at the same time. In many cases, larger potholes need to be addressed by separate teams with different equipment in order that the most effective repairs can be carried out in each situation.”

“Residents who have provided an email address when reporting a pothole, will be informed of actions taken following the inspection.

“We would like our communities across Nottinghamshire to know that we are committed to ensuring that our roads are of a high quality, and that they have a significant role to play in helping us to achieve this.”

To report a pothole, visit the county council website (https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/roads/potholes/report-a-pothole) or download the MyNotts App.



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