£1m to be spent on town roads

Pot Holes in South Drive
Pot Holes in South Drive

MORE than £1m will be spent on resurfacing roads as part of a five-year programme.

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.

It comes after the Mail launched the Plot the Pots campaign to highlight the state of Hartlepool’s road network that was left littered with potholes following the harsh winter.

Mike Blair, the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, said he would prefer to resurface whole roads rather than covering potholes with patches as it only lasts for around two years as long as they are not hit by severe temperatures.

He added: “We will be looking to bring in the contractors in June and hopefully we will have it completed in three months.”

The work was approved by the town’s deputy mayor Robbie Payne at a meeting this week. Mr Blair said the sum does not include the £240,000 extra cash that has been awarded by the Government for pothole repairs. It also does not include the money spent in the town patching potholes by the town’s specialist team.

Mr Blair said people should contact the council if they see potholes so information is passed to road inspectors by calling (01429) 523333.

 To join the campaign log on to www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk Select the news section on the front page and scroll down on that page until you find the campaigns heading and select that section.

You will then find the latest Plot the Pots story in that section and after selecting that you will find on the left hand side beside the story a Plot the Pots heading, which when selected will lead to our map.

On the map you can input an entry by clicking on the add button and typing in the details of where you have seen the pothole.

The more information you give the better, like a location outside a particular house number, as it will be for the council to find the pothole, particularly on long main roads. You can also insert a picture of the pothole by selecting the media tab.