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Potholes ARE being repaired in Bucks

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 12:13pm 16th May 2018. (Updated at 1:56pm 16th May 2018)

"The worst thing people can do is just moan about potholes but not report them to us."

That's the message from Mark Shaw, the man in charge of over 2000 miles of Buckinghamshire roads - the County Council cabinet member for transportation. 

He's assured us that potholes are being repaired in our county and he understands why residents are so frustrated:

"This year, because we had the bad weather before Christmas, people's complaints started literally on Boxing Day and they will probably carry through until the end of this month when we should have had a good crack at clearing many of the major pothole problems across the county.

"People want to know why a pothole can't be fixed straight away but it's very difficult. We can go out in the cold and wet weather but the repairs will only be temporary.

"If it's on a major road or you need to have traffic lights to do the work, then that takes time to organise so we can't always get there and sort it the next day. There's no magic wand that simply fixes everything."

Last year Bucks County Council fixed around 38,000 potholes and it's nearer to 44,000 this year. 

Mark continues:

"It gets very difficult when residents are very angry, but I understand. I use the roads in Buckinghamshire; my family use the roads. About 20 years ago I hit a big pothole and took out two wheels of my car, so I absolutely sympathise with what people are saying."

"The worst thing people can do is just moan about potholes but not report them to us through FixMyStreet. If you report it we'll act on it and we'll sort it.

"This year we have taken money out of reserves. We have increased the money we are spending on reactive repairs - ie potholes - to £3 million. That's on top of the £2 million we would normally spend on pothole repairs.

"We have got a £15 million resurfacing programme - that's £10 million we get from the government and £5 million we put in from our own funds. That's more than many councils do - many just spend the statutory money they get from government but we are putting 50% above it in terms of resurfacing.

"It's not just down to us to make the roads safe. It's important that people drive according to the condition of the road." 

Even though potholes have been a growing problem in our county, people have found interesting ways to try and get them fixed.

Report potholes you see in Bucks here. 


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