Pothole repair bill is nightmare £250,000

PUBLISHED: 17:08 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

MASSIVE potholes have left the council with a logistical nightmare after the worst winter in thirty years ravaged the borough s roads.

MASSIVE potholes have left the council with a "logistical nightmare" after the worst winter in thirty years ravaged the borough's roads.

Road chiefs at Bromley council have announced that the total bill for patching up the streets will be £250,000, after vital repair work was delayed by the bitter cold and snow.

Since December 15 last year, the council has received 3,003 reports of potholes and road damage.

Figures show that over 2,500 of these have already been repaired, which leaves contractors O'Rourkes with around 500 to fix.

But some road users still feel that more needs to be done to make the roads safer.

Reverend Charles Potter, Bromley coordinator of the London Cycling Campaign, said: "If the council want to promote cycling, then they need to prioritise the repairs for cyclists.

"I have only seen a couple of roads that have been done, but the holes that have been filled don't seem to be on any cycling routes.

"Bromley has just been selected as one of twelve biking boroughs, but I think that dealing with obstacles to cyclists should go alongside this."

Environment councillor Colin Smith, said: "This has been a logistical nightmare from the outset due to the cold then wet weather delaying the start of the necessary remedial works.

"We have ten crews now working flat out seven days a week.

"At the current striking rate the whole programme should be completed by the end of April at the very latest."

A survey carried out in March by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found that local authorities across the country have been forced to spend £103 million to fill 1.4 million holes this winter, at a cost of about £68 per pothole.

Mr Smith called on people to report all incidents of potholes they come across.

He added: "I would urge residents to keep reporting anything they see which they believe might have been missed by our area inspectors and thank them again for their understanding and engagement to date.

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