Repair work to start on town’s damaged roads

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WORK to repair more than a dozen roads blighted by troublesome potholes will get underway next week.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded £240,000 of extra Government funding to tackle roads across town affected by the severe winter.

Officers are using the cash to resurface roads rather than patch the potholes.

In total 15 streets have been chosen to benefit from resurfacing work.

Streets that will benefit include South Drive, Kingsley Avenue, Jura Grove, Joppa Grove, Wharton Terrace, Hutton Avenue and sections of Park Road and Hart Lane.

Other streets to benefit include Carlton Street, Bright Street, Plymouth Grove, Howden Road, Southbrooke Avenue, Millpool Close, and Zetland Road.

Labour councillor Robbie Payne, portfolio holder for finance and procurement, backed the plans at a meeting yesterday.

Coun Payne stressed that this work would not affect the work done by the council’s patching squad.

He said: “This won’t have an adverse affect on what we already do with potholes.

“If people see them they can still report them and they will be dealt with.”

Mike Blair, the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, said: “This work will run alongside the work being done by the patching squad as we have to keep the roads safe in the short term.”

Work on all of the projects is expected to start within the month with Jura Grove and Joppa Grove the first to benefit.

It comes after the Mail launched the Plot the Pots campaign aimed at highlighting roads that are in need of repairs.

It was launched after council bosses admitted the roads in town were left in an atrocious state after being hit by freezing winter temperatures.

In March this year, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the Government was making £200m available to local authorities to help them repair damaged roads.

The funding has been distributed using a formula based on the road length.

Hartlepool’s share is £240,413.

l TO let us know of any roads in your area that suffer from potholes visit the Mail’s website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.