Ealing's 8,000 Pot Holes

Specialist 'drive through' crews will tackle dangerous roads


Pothole Problems Causing Road Chaos

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The council has been forced to take urgent action after revealing that residents have reported more than 8,000 pot holes on roads throughout the borough.

The recent freezing weather conditions has meant many road surfaces have deteriorated as water freezes and expands in cracks, making the surface crumble.

Nearly £700,000 will be spent straight away to introduce new specialist ‘drive-through-and-fix’ crews to deal with potholes.

Under the scheme eight specialist teams will sweep through the borough over seven weeks to find and fill them.

The plans were unveiled at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday 2nd February.

Other proposals include spending a further £6.5million from April to resurface scores of roads and pavements across the borough, matching last year’s investment.

Councillor Jason Stacey, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m delighted that through sound financial management we are not only able to propose a 0% council tax rise next year, but we can also put forward plans for new investments and improvements to services.

”We know that potholes are something that really bothers people and the extreme wintry conditions have had a very damaging effect on roads across the country, so it’s important that we take action now.”
Plans to pump an extra £2million into adult social care to help the service cope with additional demands on it caused by the severe weather and the tough economic climate were also put forward.

All budget proposals for next year will need to be discussed at a meeting of the full council on 9 March 2010.

Report pothole problems here: 020 8825 6000.


February 4th, 2010

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