Potty about holes in road

y1 pothole006 Pothole which damaged Shaun Brunton's car in Ossett.
y1 pothole006 Pothole which damaged Shaun Brunton's car in Ossett.

POTHOLES are causing misery on roads across the city but finding the money to fix them is not going to be easy, according to council chiefs.

The cold snap is estimated to have caused more than £500,000 worth of damage and council bosses say there is only enough “in the pot” to fix the worst affected roads.

But angry residents say more should be done to tackle the problem.

HGV driver Ken Quinn, of Wheatroyd Crescent, Ossett, said: “I have never seen the roads in such a bad state. The council keeps saying it has five teams out working on them, but I’ve not seen them around here.

“All the work that was done last year has been undone by the latest frost and it’s playing havoc with my car and other people’s too.

“It’s understandable that there’s been cuts but at the end of the day as council tax payers we are entitled to the services we are paying for and what has the government done with all the car tax we pay?”

At a meeting of the full council last week deputy leader of Wakefield Council, Coun Denise Jeffery said the council received £2m from the government last year to deal with the problem.

She added: “There won’t be any money from this government to deal with the situation.”

She said the council also needed to be sure the worst of the weather was over.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “£156m has been cut from the highways maintenance budget since this government got in. We will make sure, as and when we can, that potholes are fixed, because there will be health and safety issues in some cases.”

The meeting heard how teams were working hard to assess the damage and make urgent repairs.

Residents are urged to report worst-hit roads via www.wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 0845 8506506.

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