Pothole repairs marked as complete despite no work taking place
Angry residents have hit out at the state of their roads after work on potholes was logged as complete on a council’s database despite the fact no repairs have taken place.
Councillor Noordad Aziz said he was ‘amazed’ when he visited Lancashire County Council’s online platform for highways complaints to find several of the issues he had raised had been labelled as ‘complete’ —even though no action has been taken.
The Great Harwood councillor said he reported the need for maintenance after residents living on St Cecilia Street, St Edmund Street and Princess Street said they were at their wits end with the state of their roads.
He said: “Some of these streets have been reduced to nothing more than gravel roads due to the potholes breaking up.
“What has happened is simply not acceptable. I have logged them for repair and that has been ignored. LCC have also logged them as being complete. This is not the case, the holes are still very much there.
“Before you know it these potholes will cause an accident or damage to cars and then the council will have to deal with that. If they fix them like they should, these issues won’t arise.”
But County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said the potholes don’t meet the requirements for immediate intervention.
He said: “All the potholes logged on our system have been reviewed by inspectors, who deemed them as not meeting the intervention level of 40mm, which is why they have not been filled in.
“What we need to look at is they way in which the system logs these details. Rather than saying ‘complete’, it should be tagged as ‘does not meet intervention level’, so as to avoid confusion.
“Our new system for highway maintenance is relatively new and we have come a long way in developing it, but there is still a little work to be done. Unfortunately funding means that we cannot fill all potholes as much as I’d like to be able to.”