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Councillor says pothole-littered roads across Lichfield and Burntwood are a “disgrace”

A councillor has branded pothole-littered roads across Lichfield and Burntwood a “disgrace”.

Staffordshire County Council has been awarded an additional £2.2million from the Government to help fight potholes across the region.

But Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ray said road surfaces across the district are not fit for purpose.

Cllr Paul Ray with one of the potholes on Dimbles Hill

Cllr Paul Ray with one of the potholes on Dimbles Hill

“In my Chadsmead ward and across Lichfield and Burntwood the state of roads is a disgrace,” he said.

“I have contacted Staffordshire County Council in particular about the potholes on Weston Road, Wheel Lane and Dimbles Lane in Lichfield. They are really dangerous.

“The Conservative-controlled county council that has responsibility for the roads and needs to explain what they are doing about their appalling state.”

Lichfield and Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant has asked residents to help pinpoint potholes.

But Cllr Ray said the issue needs a better response from the county council.

He said: “Local people are saying to me that the state of the roads causes serious damage to their vehicles and is also a public safety issue as motorists and cyclists have to manoeuvre to avoid the endless potholes.

“The speed of response in dealing with the potholes I have reported has been really disappointing but it was good to see workmen last week filling the potholes on Weston Road and Wheel Lane. I await confirmation of when they will be completing this work and when the potholes on Dimbles Hill will be filled.

“I have contacted Staffordshire County Council again for answers and will keep the pressure up so that this is dealt with urgently.”

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for highways and transport, insisted the authority was doing what it could

“We have a huge rural network, stretching out more than 6,400km, and maintaining it is a huge undertaking especially after the winter months, where defects start to show.

“Good roads are really important to residents and business, not just getting people from A to B, but in growing the economy and linking people to jobs, education and community facilities.

“Last year we managed to fix more than 35,000 potholes as result of the extra £5million investment into the county’s roads. This new investment will help us continue this work and keep the county moving.

“We will continue to prioritise repairs based on the risk they pose, but it is important to remember that fresh potholes occur daily and we need to manage both the repairs of these and the expectations of what can be delivered with the budgets we have available.”

But Cllr Ray believes the issue of potholes are just the tip of the iceberg for what the future of council-run services could become.

“Potholes are just one example of the dreadful state of our public services,” he said. “As a Liberal Democrat I am extremely concerned about this.

“The Conservative Government and Conservative-run county council is starving these services of the funding they require. That applies to the roads, schools and the NHS.

“Our view is that our public services desperately need more funding and that means that we need to raise more tax income.

“For example, we say that a ring-fenced tax to replace National Insurance for the NHS and social care should be put in place and initially we would increase income tax by 1p in the pound for this. This is very well received on the door step where we get the message that people are prepared to pay some extra tax if they know it will be specifically allocated to the NHS and social care.”

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  1. Nodge

    10th April, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Even Cllr Helen Fisher’s guidedog can see how bad the pot holes have got in the area.

  2. Sarah stocks

    10th April, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    To be honest there are just too meant to report…and some have been like they are for a year now so poor excuse they occur daily…

  3. Nellygb

    11th April, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Funny how they can always find a few quid to deploy the mobile speed cameras across the county on the pretence of road safety.

  4. Steve

    11th April, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Driving around Lichfield. It is obvious a lot of the work done on the roads by the utility companies, who regularly dig up the roads, is of a very poor standard.

    Most of the replacement tarmac is of a different colour, it is normally at a slightly different level to the rest of the road (allowing water to settle and lead to later pot holes), some is it is so uneven, that driving over it, shakes ones car.

    The grass verges are destroyed. Normally with heavy vehicles tyre marks and they have destroyed the grass.

    It is obvious that no one from the council ever goes and looks at the work.

    There are a number of sites where very heavy lorries are coming out of construction sites and dropping sand, dirt, stones and small rubble from their tyres all over the road, as the council never made them have some sort of clean station, to remove this debris, before they left the site.

    The weight and number of lorries is totally unsuitable for the roads. London Road by the Shell petrol has some massive holes, That have got far worse over recent months, If the council block this road, it would then cause massive gridlock in Lichfield and out to the A38.

    Lichfield is a small city, with the infrastructure of a small city. The unceasing construction, lorries and increased use of the roads is destroying the city. Who would have two of the main entrances to the city, with such low train bridges, that lorries are regularly getting stuck and the ones that don’t, swing into the middle of the road, to get under them.

    There is very little public transport, so people have to use their cars. More people, more cars, more lorries, more homes…… all lead to more traffic and poorer roads.

    Helen Fisher can tell us all is wonderful and there is so much hard work going on. Drive for more than a couple of hundred metres and not encounter a major pot hole. You have been very lucky.

  5. John Griffin

    11th April, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Helen Fisher is correct though, they are doing a wonderful job with no resources, no plan, no inspection…………all due to cuts caused by her Tory Party nationally and implemented by her Tory Party locally. She does get a ‘get out of jail’ card when it comes to being able to dissent since there is such a large Tory majority on SCC, LDC, Burntwood TC etc. so she knows any policy will go through and she can say ‘I did vote against it’.
    OH WAIT A MINUTE! The majority of the people of the constituency voted for this, nationally and locally – so why are you complaining?

  6. Roy Appleby

    11th April, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    You have it in a nutshell. Lichfield cannot take anymore traffic especially HGVs. It’s about time the LDC/SCC were more forward thinking and made the main town road a weight restricted road,and use it only for access for deliveries by HGVs. This would decrease congestion and decrease the amount of repairs.Walking to town and constantly watching HGVs go past is disgraceful. There are bypasses that should be used but the council’s won’t enforce it. Over the next few weeks there are going to be major disruptions on the A5/Muckley corner and then you will see just how many HGVs Will flout the diversion route at night.

  7. Asellus aquaticus

    13th April, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I’m not altogether convinced that the problem is down to HGVs, I think that’s a bit of a red herring. I’ve spoken to people involved in road maintenance and they point out that the roads with the worst pothole problems are not necessarily the roads used by HGVs. The image in the picture for this article is a case in point. Not many HGVs on Dimbles Hill other than refuse vehicles. It’s cars that do the most damage…

  8. Roy Appleby

    13th April, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    So a 1 to 2 ton car does more damage than a 44 ton articulated lorry. Ermm

  9. Burntwood Bloke

    13th April, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Never mind the potholes. What’s going to happen about that jumper?

  10. Asellus aquaticus

    14th April, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Roy, no, but a few hundred of them might. How many HGVs have contributed to the pothole in the picture?

  11. Rob

    14th April, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    The “traffic calming” measure is responsible for the carriageway disintegration in the photograph. The nature of the vehicle is largely irrelevant.

  12. Had Enough

    15th April, 2018 at 12:43 am

    The country is broke. We need the money to start an illegal war in Syria. Stuff Yemen, it’s all about Syria

  13. apple9686

    15th April, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Asellus Aquaticus and Rob. Granted the pothole in the picture is not one caused by an HGV. But the residents of our roads do have to endure hundreds of HGVs everyday and double that when Diversions are in place on the surrounding trunks roads. Look at the state of the road and Junctions along the route of the town centre road and tell me they are acceptable.

  14. Asellus aquaticus

    15th April, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I’m just saying it’s not all down to HGVs. Just look at the state of Weston Road which barely gets any. This article is about potholes. I’m simply pointing out that in my view, the evidence doesn’t support the notion that HGVs are mostly responsible for most of the potholes.

  15. Ian Podmore

    15th April, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    The method of fixing potholes is wasting huge amounts of resources. They only fix the marked ones and leave obviously failing adjacent areas of tarmac that will be tomorrow pothole. This happened at the A38 roundabout recently. Did certain resurfacing at the roundabout but immediately adjacent potholes ignored, and degrading surface ignored.

    This means another inspector visit and another crew to dispatch to fix it when it does become a part hope.

    The crater by the Shell garage hasn’t even been inspected yet so don’t expect it to be filled in anytime soon.

    As others have said, there are too many to log now.