Kirklees Council cabinet have approved a new programme worth £11.8million to tackle some of our area’s worst roads.
The new programme which was announced by the Council will see over 120 unclassified roads being resurfaced, providing a permanent repair. This is in addition to the extra resources being ploughed into fixing potholes across the next couple of weeks.
The sudden surge in the number of potholes on our roads comes after a month of sub-zero temperatures, increased snow and prolonged icy stretches which creates ‘perfect’ conditions for potholes to form.
Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “Potholes are an issue that we face all year round but in winter they appear more frequently. Unfortunately, the nature of them means we are not able to deal with them until after they appear. We understand that this is an issue that is important to all those that use our roads and that is why we have allocated extra resources to address the problem.”
This latest investment of time and money follows the £3.2 million investment in repairing hotspots on unclassified roads during the summer and autumn months last year to provide some protection for the road network before the winter season.
Pothole repairs are dealt with usually in order of the date they are reported, and are sorted by areas to ensure efficiency. Residents are encouraged to report potholes on the council’s website at www.kirklees.gov.uk.