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Potholes plugged with 430,000 boost

Reporter: Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 24 June 2014

POTHOLE repair work in Oldham has been given a £430,000 boost, which could potentially fix 8,000 holes across the borough.

The funding is Oldham Council’s share of £168 million national pothole repair fund announced in April.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham council’s cabinet member for housing, planning and transport, said: “Oldham’s roads suffered due to the extreme weather. Last December Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Oldham and was impressed by our priority repairs programme. After that we received a significantly higher funding award than many other local authorities.”

Oldham received over £800,000.

Councils were asked in April to apply for extra money from the £168million pothole pot.

“Following our successful bid this extra money will be used to accelerate that project,” said Councillor Hibbert.

This year Oldham’s total funding of over £1,2m is the largest of all the Greater Manchester authorities - but Oldham’s high position means the borough has a greater problem than most with roads damaged by freezing weather.

Comments

where has councillor hibbert been? its certainly not round here? we haven't suffered any extreme weather for over 12 months.
the gritters haven't been deployed more than ten times this year!

the potholes being repaired currently are the back log from over 2 years ago.

and out of the 120 reported there are still some that haven't been touched!

If they fixed the potholes properly the first time they wouldnt have to revisit them again, again and again. Keswick Ave on Fitton Hill has the same potholes re-appearing only weeks after being so called repaired. Repaired with low quality materials and lack of knowledge. Get them done right the first time.

Why are they spending money testing perfectly good utility patches in poor quality foot ways yet ignoring a patch in the road which is clearly not done to the required standards example 171 Balfour St. Foot way patch better than surrounding area and will last just as long yet in the road there is a trench going all the way across which is sinking and has really poor edges. I have photos if Cllr Hibbert wants to contact me

£430k boost to fix 8000 pot holes !

Excellent news that would just about get my surrounding streets my street done, this towns roads are a disgrace.

The next time my car fails an MOT due to suspension system,cv joints(which is a yearly occurrence over the past 5 years) you will be going to court OC.

My brother brings clients over from Chicago and gets embarrassed when driving them around our roads.

Why are they spending money testing perfectly good utility patches in poor quality foot ways yet ignoring a patch in the road which is clearly not done to the required standards example 171 Balfour St. Foot way patch better than surrounding area and will last just as long yet in the road there is a trench going all the way across which is sinking and has really poor edges. I have photos if Cllr Hibbert wants to contact me

Fedupoldhamer - Extreme weather is not just about frost, snow and ice, it includes heavy rain and flooding. Water does a great deal of damage to road surfaces, and it can appear very suddenly. It would be impossible to achieve a situation where there are no potholes anywhere. The council would not get the biggest grant in Greater Manchester if there was not an acknowledgement of the problems and government confidence in the professionalism of the highways team.

dam. the majority of oldhams current potholes are not caused by extreme weather
from my experience in the construction & civils industry I can see where oldhams problems originate from.
their lack of preventative maintenance over the past few decades has resulted in its road infrastructure crumbling away.

yes water does do damage, but in cases of potholes its water ingress followed by freeze thaw action that lifts up the top layer of tarmac.

Oldham hasnt experienced much of that in 12 months.

 

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