Repairs set to start on roads

Potholes on Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge.
Potholes on Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge.

WORK started today on a major programme of improvements to roads in Hartlepool.

Twenty five re-surfacing schemes are to be carried out over the next few weeks as Hartlepool Borough Council launches a maintenance programme aimed at improving the town’s roads.

The works are to be carried out by Tarmac, which will inform residents of the exact starting dates of schemes affecting them.

Iain Campbell, the council’s highways engineer (clerk of works), said: “Where residential streets are involved, residents will be required to move their cars and other vehicles before the start of work each day. They will, however, be able to return them overnight.

“Each scheme is likely to take around two days, with the existing surface being planed off on the first day and the new surface being laid the next day.

“I would like to thank residents for their co-operation in advance of the works and to apologise for any inconvenience that they might experience.”

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 bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council admitted roads in the town were left in an atrocious state after being hit by freezing winter temperatures.

People can let us know of any roads ion their area that are littered with potholes by logging onto the Mail’s website at

Just 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.