Grantham roads a ‘priority’ for pothole repairs

A pothole in Barrowby Gate, Grantham, where work is due to begin in early April to repair the road.

A pothole in Barrowby Gate, Grantham, where work is due to begin in early April to repair the road.

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Grantham and surrounding villages will be first to get potholed roads repaired from April.

Those roads to be tackled in the Grantham area will Barrowby Gate, Grantham, from April 5 to 14; Newark Hill, Foston, from April 27 to 28; Main Street, Ingoldsby, from May 2 to 8; and Station Road, Barkston, from May 9 to 11.

This is the first stage of a £5 million, year-long programme, aimed at repairing the worst potholes across Lincolnshire and preparing some roads for future surface dressing.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, has promised that more roads in Grantham and nearby villages will be tackled soon. He said: “Wilsford Lane, Ancaster, will also be visited in the near future as part of the patching programme, while major resurfacing works will take place later this year on Station Road East, Sankt Augustin Way, and the junction of Wharf Road and London Road. The plans are currently being finalised and more Grantham locations will be added to the list as things develop.

“We’ll release further details as they become available.”

Coun Davies said he was determined to see pothole damage permanently repaired on local roads instead of the temporary repairs many roads had been getting recently.

Coun Davies told the Journal: “Grantham is a priority because it’s a Growth Point town. I think what is key is that we spend the money more efficiently and the big complaint – we see it in letters to the Journal – is that we are doing these temporary repairs. We have got to stop doing them which is why we are lumping the work together to do big stretches. Belton Lane is another in particular which has been highlighted. Rather than filling holes that only last a few weeks, let’s do thing better.

“Our patching team will be out dealing with potholes five days a week. Last year we repaired more than 100,000 potholes countywide – a figure I’m looking to match this year. We have a total of around £35m to spend, on top of the millions we’re investing in building major new roads, such as the Grantham southern relief road. And we’ll be sure to make every penny counts.”

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For the latest news on roadworks around the county, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/roadworks