AA backing for Mail potholes campaign

A MOTORING group has given backing to the Mail’s Plot the Pots campaign and urged people to join in.

An AA study found that the North- East is one of the worst areas in the country for potholes and the group has now backed our campaign aimed at highlighting the problem.

Workers at Hartlepool Borough Council are working flat-out after temperatures hitting -10C saw a huge rise in potholes as they were still carrying out repairs left over from last winter.

Scores of people have already logged onto our website to join in the campaign and highlight problem potholes, but bosses at the AA are urging more to get involved.

Paul Watter, head of roads policy at the AA, said: “The more eyes the better to spot these potholes.

“Sometimes people see these things and don’t take action to report them, so it is a part of the Big Society if people take action as it could mean drivers don’t damage their wheel or tyre or don’t fall off their bike.

“We encourage people to join the campaign and get on and get them fixed.”

Potholes are caused when water gets into cracks in the surface of roads, before it freezes and expands, causing them to crumble away when they are driven over.

The council has a patching squad that works solely on repairing potholes five-days-a-week and bosses say they are constantly working on repairing them.

Mike Blair (below), the council’s highways, traffic and transport manager, has vowed that inspectors will visit any sites that people highlight as being a problem for potholes.

He 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.

“The more information that people can give on the location of a pothole the better, like it being outside an address or at a junction between two streets.”

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