Council defends potholes treatment in Potters Bar amid 'incredible pressure'

PUBLISHED: 17:32 23 February 2018

A pothole in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Paul Donatantonio

A pothole in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Paul Donatantonio

Paul Donatantonio

Hertfordshire County Council has responded to scathing criticism over the potholes in Potters Bar.

Some residents recently claimed the “scandalous” state of the roads was putting lives at risk, and called on the council to complete major work.

One resident lashed out at Ringway – the county council’s roads contractor – over its reporting system, which he claimed means only specifically reported potholes get repaired, while unreported ones nearby are left.

Cllr Ralph Sangster, cabinet member for highways, said Hertfordshire’s roads network is among the country’s busiest and is under “incredible pressure” due to the sustained cold weather.

He continued: “We continue to invest heavily in improving the condition of our roads and spend millions on pothole repairs every year.

“Already this year we’ve had 560 reported road faults across Potters Bar East, Potters Bar West and Shenley, of which 556 have been assessed and repairs have been completed if the action criteria was met.

“The remaining 4 have been scheduled for repair.”

Cllr Sangster encouraged motorists to use the council’s reporting system at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highwayfaults.

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