100 join Plot the Pots campaign

Hartlepool Borough Council patching squad (left to right) Colin Tumilty, George Young, Iain Campbell, Andy Laight and Chris Taylor.
Hartlepool Borough Council patching squad (left to right) Colin Tumilty, George Young, Iain Campbell, Andy Laight and Chris Taylor.

MORE than 100 people have now joined our Plot the Pots campaign to highlight roads that need potholes sorting out.

The Mail launched the campaign earlier this year after the harsh winter weather left Hartlepool roads in what was described by council chiefs as an atrocious state.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s road chiefs have vowed to inspect any streets that Mail readers highlight as being blighted with problem potholes and so far 114 entries have been plotted on our pothole map.

Scores of town streets have been highlighted and council bosses pledged to inspect them if issues are raised by residents.

Mike Blair, the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, said: “We will go out and inspect the streets that have been identified and we will take the appropriate action depending on the severity of the potholes that we find.”

He has vowed to send out experts to look at the roads and any potholes that are found to measure at least an inch-and-a-half deep and a foot long are aimed to be repaired within 24 hours.

Council chiefs have a target that any other potholes are repaired within 28 days.

The Mail reported last month how the council has agreed to spend more then £1m on re-surfacing schemes aimed at improving the condition of town roads.

Hartlepool Borough Council is planning to carry out £1,098,698 of work to resurface a string of roads this summer.

Included in the work will be sections of Oxford Road, Seaton Lane, Owton Manor Lane, Hutton Avenue and Station Lane.

People can report potholes to the council by calling (01429) 523333.