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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Tynedale: Surprise over county pothole claims

TO the surprise of many Tynedale residents, Northumberland County Council claims it has fulfilled its promise to clear the backlog of potholes in the county – ahead of the target date of June 30.

With many people in the North Tyne and Allendale area still having to slalom round holes in the road which have been there for months, the claim seems difficult to believe.

But a county council spokesman insisted this week that since January, council staff had filled in the outstanding backlog of 12,213 potholes.

Since May last year, more than 32,000 potholes have been eliminated – and this has been done on top of the normal road repair programme which has got rid of an additional 30,000 potholes.

The council acknowledged there were around 30 locations in the county where there had been more serious structural damage,but these had been included in the capital programme, and were scheduled to be repaired by this autumn.

Fixing potholes is not a long-term solution but it will give the council around three years breathing space so it can put in place a longer term plan of more permanent repairs.

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