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350 potholes repaired following snow damage 16.02.10

Three hundred and fifty potholes have now been repaired by Sutton Council.

350 potholes repaired following snow damage

While over 1000 individual repairs are needed on Sutton's roads following extensive damage by frost and snow, a third of these have already been completely fixed.

All main roads have been inspected for cracks and cavities any problems have been addressed quickly. All reported potholes are given temporary repairs within 24 hours to make them safe before a full repair can take place.

The council's contractors have been able to bring in extra man power to meet the increased work load and are out in force making full repairs wherever possible. This work is expected to be completed in March.  

In some cases, where a stretch of road is very badly damaged, complete resurfacing needs to be carried out. As the council is required to give utility companies three months notice of road resurfacing, so that they do not dig up new tarmac, such large scale jobs will begin in May.

In January, the council announced an additional budget of £500,000 to help rectify the snow damage. At least a fifth of this budget has already been used on the work so far and a further £150,000 will be spent by the end of March. This money supports the council's annual budget for road repairs making around £3m available to fix potholes and repair and protect the highways.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "I am very pleased with the swift response of our road repairs team. They are doing an excellent job in fixing a mountain of molehills left by the freezing temperatures and making sure that the roads and pavements are safe for us to travel.

"There is still work to be done however and I thank residents for their patience while some roads are temporarily closed or routes diverted so that these essential repairs can be take place.

"I would also like to thank everyone who has reported potholes to us as this has been important to monitoring damage to residential roads."

Residents whose roads are to be resurfaced will received a leaflet with further details. A full list of planned road closures will be posted on the council's website.

Residents can help the council by reporting damaged roads and potholes either by contacting the call centre 020 8770 5070 or emailing the council on potholes@sutton.gov.uk. People are asked to include the nearest house number or business premises to the area of damage to help us identify where action is needed.

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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