Somerset County Council get £5million to sort out pothole hotspots

The A358 at Henlade park and ride.

College Way, Taunton.

Rockwell Green, near Wellington.

Near Wellington fire station.

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

DO potholes drive you potty? 

Well maybe not for much longer after Somerset County Council received £5million from the Department of Transport to sort out pothole problems.

The harsh winter weather and combination of freeze-and-thaw followed by torrential downpours has provided the perfect recipe for potholes to crop up.

More than 20,000 of the blighters were fixed in 2012 and highways boss at the council, Cllr Harvey Siggs, said: “Last year was the second wettest year since rainfall records began meaning road surfaces have been more badly affected by wear and tear than would usually be expected.”

Cllr Sam Crabb, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said the Conservatives are 'very lucky' to have received the grant.

He added: “When we were last in control we had to borrow any money we needed to invest into Somerset roads and schools.

“Very occasionally we would receive a grant, but the Conservatives at Taunton havereceived millions of pounds to keep our roads in reasonable condition.”

We asked which holes have been driving you potty and here is a selection of your hotspots.

 

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10:29am Wed 23 Jan 13

Slow down! says...

No doubt some of that money will be siphoned off to buy laptops and iphones for Somerset County Council workers.
No doubt some of that money will be siphoned off to buy laptops and iphones for Somerset County Council workers. Slow down!
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11:07am Wed 23 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Slow down! wrote:
No doubt some of that money will be siphoned off to buy laptops and iphones for Somerset County Council workers.
I was going to write words to that effect but thought maybe I was a little cynical, but by the looks of it I'm not on my own.
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: No doubt some of that money will be siphoned off to buy laptops and iphones for Somerset County Council workers.[/p][/quote]I was going to write words to that effect but thought maybe I was a little cynical, but by the looks of it I'm not on my own. FreeSpeech?
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7:14pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Mi_Coc says...

I thought the same and then I worried they might build yet another park and ride?......?...?..

Soon the high street will be a ghost town anyway.
I thought the same and then I worried they might build yet another park and ride?......?...?.. Soon the high street will be a ghost town anyway. Mi_Coc
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7:13pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Dr Dave says...

How old is the Henlade park and ride facility? 3 years max? Surely the road surface shouldn't start breaking up like that in such a short space of time!
How old is the Henlade park and ride facility? 3 years max? Surely the road surface shouldn't start breaking up like that in such a short space of time! Dr Dave
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7:18pm Sun 27 Jan 13

What is Happening says...

Dr Dave - just another case of getting something on the cheap. I would have thought the contractor who laid it - would be liable for it - as like you say - its only been down a few years.
Oh forgot - it was probably a friend of a friend.
Have you ever noticed - that there is never a reply from anyone from the council on these comments - forgot, they are always sleeping or playing on there ipads.
come on SCC or TDBC - please explain why the road has failed after such a short time?
Dr Dave - just another case of getting something on the cheap. I would have thought the contractor who laid it - would be liable for it - as like you say - its only been down a few years. Oh forgot - it was probably a friend of a friend. Have you ever noticed - that there is never a reply from anyone from the council on these comments - forgot, they are always sleeping or playing on there ipads. come on SCC or TDBC - please explain why the road has failed after such a short time? What is Happening
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9:15pm Sun 27 Jan 13

tom norman says...

they reserfased alot around here (dulverton)with some great new road surfacing matereal made out of resycled glass and other stuff it all came up in the floods and 2 roads are still shut ,why it was so great was it was cheep not now though ,plonkers
they reserfased alot around here (dulverton)with some great new road surfacing matereal made out of resycled glass and other stuff it all came up in the floods and 2 roads are still shut ,why it was so great was it was cheep not now though ,plonkers tom norman
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4:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

What is Happening says...

The is a saying.
You get what you pay for.
The is a saying. You get what you pay for. What is Happening
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