Lincolnshire County Council tackles pothole problem

Filled pothole near the Stamford Mercury office in Sheep market, Stamford'Photo: MSMP240113-075js
Filled pothole near the Stamford Mercury office in Sheep market, Stamford'Photo: MSMP240113-075js
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A Mercury campaign to improve the state of our roads is paying off after officials said most postholes reported by readers had been filled in.

Readers have reported roads with one or more potholes or where the surface was in need of repair.

We passed 31 reports on to Lincolnshire County Council which says 90 per cent have been fixed.

County councils have been given millions of pounds of government cash to spend on repairing roads over the next two years.

Executive councillor for highways and transportation William Webb (Con) said: “I’m pleased to say that we’ve already been able to fix a large number of the potholes that were reported to us by the Rutland and Stamford Mercury.

“The remainder are scheduled to be repaired as soon as possible.

“As a council, we invest over £50 million in road repairs each year, and over the next two years we’ll spend a further £6.5 million to tackle potholes in Lincolnshire.

“We have the fourth biggest road network in the UK, so we rely on the public to report potholes to us.”

Some repairs have been delayed because potholes can’t be repaired in cold weather, the problem is exacerbated when it is icy and the highways teams are often called on to grit when there is snow and ice.

The county council said potholes reported directly to the council’s hotline could be repaired more quickly than contacting the Mercury, as if it’s deemed to be an emergency repair it will be fixed within 48 hours.

To report a pothole to the county council call 01522 782070.