£200k pothole boost

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ELEVEN roads in Hartlepool are to resurfaced after councillors agreed how they will spend funding worth £200,000.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee backed a programme of work for the crumbling town roads at a meeting held at the Civic Centre.

The schemes were initially going to be done next financial year but have been brought forward 12-months after councillors agreed to use uncommitted funds.

The following roads will be resurfaced:

• Burwell Walk will be fully resurfaced at a cost of £4,440.

• Chester Road will be resurfaced between Thornhill Gardens and Everett Street at a cost of £15,000.

• Dryden Road will be fully resurfaced costing £30,000.

• Park Road, between Eltringham Road and Belmont Gardens will be resurfaced at a cost of £15,000 while Lindisfarne Close will also be fully resurfaced costing £10,000.

• A stretch of Macaulay Road will be resurfaced costing £13,000 while a stretch of Sandringham Road will also be done at a cost of £25,000.

• Sections of North Drive, Raby Road, Studley Road and Waldon Street will also be resurfaced at a cost of around £71,000.

The council’s finance and policy committee had agreed to boost this year’s road maintenance programme by £200,000 at a meeting earlier this year and now the proposals for how the money will be spent have been agreed by councillors sitting on the neighbourhood services committee.

Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhoods, said: “The additional funding has been targeted towards schemes that are currently in year two of the five-year highway maintenance programme.”

Peter Jackson, chairman of the neighbourhood services committee, said: “We have managed to pull forward 11 schemes that would have been done next year but to do them this year instead. This is good news.”

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Steve Gibbon said: “It is great that we will be able to sort out these roads as this is one issue that we as members hear time and again.”

Final approval for the schemes will be presented to the full council at a meeting later this month but work is expected to start later this year.

Earlier this year The Mail relaunched its Plot the Pots campaign to encourage readers to plot problem areas and people can still do so via www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk