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Look to India for hole repairs

Further to J. Holtham’s letter (Pothole Shame, News Views, July 16) I would like to recommend to Nottinghamshire County Council a method of mending potholes pioneered in India, which was featured in the Daily Mail in 2018.

They chop up pieces of plastic that cannot be recycled and drop them in the pothole, douse them in petrol, and set fire to them.

Of course, it can be done in a more sophisticated way but it is environmentally useful in many ways.

It finds a use for plastic that would otherwise go to landfill, and plastic is more durable than the road surface it is repairing so, unlike tar patching, it lasts longer and therefore saves money on future repairs.

Melted plastic also reaches every part of the hole, filling it completely and locking itself into place more securely than tar does.

I wrote to Robert Jenrick about this and he passed to on to DEFRA, who replied saying that a similar idea had been adopted in Cumbria to repair a junction on the A6.

The roads between Elston and Long Bennington are notoriously pothole-ridden, so if this method of repair is good enough for the A6 it would certainly work here, reducing landfill, the cost of expensive wheel and tyre repairs, and the risk of accidents as cars swerve to avoid the potholes. ­­— DAVE SANKEY, Top Street , Elston.

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