Bill Wiggin MP called for the County’s potholes to be fixed while they still can.
North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin this week pressed Herefordshire Council to fix the potholes while it is still summer before another winter of cold and wet weather exacerbates the problem.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “I still have constituents coming to see me at my surgeries to talk about potholes.
At my surgery in Ledbury last week several constituents came to see me yet again about potholes, and a new Council proposal to extend double yellow lines in Ledbury – in areas where we don’t have enough parking space already.
It is hard to understand why the Council are consulting on double yellow lines and restricting parking when they have other priorities that are time sensitive.
There are numerous problems across Herefordshire, but there’s only one we have to tackle right now while the sun is shining – potholes, potholes, potholes!
If we don’t tackle them now, the weather will soon turn and it will be too wet to do so.
I was delighted with the additional £2.573 million Herefordshire was awarded from the National Pothole Fund in June.
This was on top of the £3.5 million received from the Government in March, the highest award in the West Midlands.
While I try to get more money from the Government I am calling on Herefordshire Council to spend that money and fill in our potholes now before it’s too late.”
On Friday 28 March Bill Wiggin MP took Andy Williams, Contract Director at Balfour Beatty, and Richard Ball, Assistant Director of Place Based Commissioning at Herefordshire Council, on a tour of Ledbury pointing out potholes that have caused misery to cyclists and motorists.
During that meeting Balfour Beatty claimed that almost 600 miles of road in Herefordshire were in urgent need of maintenance.
In June 2014 Herefordshire Council was awarded £2.573 million from the National Pothole Fund, together with funding in March 2014 of £3.538 million leaves Herefordshire Council with over £6 million of Central Government grant to spend fixing the county’s potholes.