80,000 potholes repaired over the last five years
Cheshire East Council has repaired 80,000 potholes since the start of 2015.
In the same period there were 38,197 complaints received by the authority with 54 relating to potholes on Fol Hollow, Congleton, a recent Freedom of Information request from the Chronicle has revealed.
The report states 80,115 potholes have been filled since the beginning of 2015.
There were only 13,872 potholes filled last year, which was a decrease of more than 20% compared to the previous year when 17,998 were filled.
Last month the Chronicle reported that despite Fol Hollow in Congleton being a main access route to Marlfields Primary School, Cheshire East planned to cut gritting on the road as part of a borough-wide strategy, although these plans could be reconsidered.
With potholes reoccurring “again and again”, residents have said Congleton’s roads are in a state of “disrepair” and that the same potholes that are being filled in, open up as water soaks in to the tarmac and breaks it up.
Richard Campey, chairman of Campey Turf Care Systems, on Marton Hall Lane, Marton, explained how the council used to have a machine that “did a proper job” 20 years ago, before it broke and they began hiring contractors to “just blast them”.
He said: “On the sides of the roads they’re not repairing, there’s potholes all the way up. The roads want doing properly. They should be putting limestone down to prevent it happening again and again.”
Confirming the point made by Mr Campey, Frank Caldwell, (73), who lives adjacent to potholes on Edinburgh Road, Congleton. that have recently been filled, said: “They’ve been filled that many times it is unbelievable.”