Council plans to resurface dozens of crumbling roads in Hartlepool

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PLANS to resurface dozens of roads in Hartlepool over the next 12 months have been agreed by councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee agreed the £783,000 highways maintenance programme at a meeting at the Civic Centre.

Regeneration chiefs say £641,000 is coming from the local transport plan and £142,000 from the additional highway maintenance funding the council received from the government.

As previously reported, the total cost of resurfacing and restructuring all of the roads in Hartlepool is a mammoth £23m which officers say they cannot afford so have to prioritise roads on an annual basis.

Roads to be resurfaced this year include Ashgrove Avenue, A689/Stockton Road, Bennett Road, Elwick Road, Gillpark Grove, Grosmont Road, Hamilton Road, Hylton Road, King Oswy Drive and Teesbrooke Avenue.

Roads to benefit from a surface dressing - which provides protection for up to eight years - are Worsett Lane, Dalton Back Lane, A178, Coal Lane, Tees Road.

Mike Blair, the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, said: “We carry out road surveys every year and the roads are classified in a traffic light system.

“Roads classed as red are not unpassable, just that they need more treatment than other roads in the future.”

Conservative councillor Brenda Loynes asked how long it would take for the year one schemes to be carried out.

Mr Blair said work in Elwick Road and Hylton Road is expected to start by early August and said contracts for the country lanes are currently out to tender as they needed specialist contractors.

That work is likely to be done in last August/September.

The new finance and policy committee has already allocated a further £200,000 to this year’s work programme - subject to final confirmation from the full council - and a list of schemes is expected before the neighbourhood services committee in July.

Officers say that will allow schemes from year two of the five-year programme to be brought forward 12-months.

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Steve Gibbon said he would encourage all residents to report problem potholes in town, something which Labour councillor Peter Jackson, chair of the neighbourhood services committee, endorsed.

Although, Coun Jackson warned that potholes have to meet certain criteria to be classed as urgent.

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