Potholes, we’ve got them covered: potholes blitz unveiled
Haringey Council today pledged to rid the borough of potholes - and issued a rallying cry to local residents to let them know which streets to target.
The council will pump an extra £1.5million into its £4.5million roads maintenance programme to cover the cost of banishing additional potholes following the exceptionally harsh and long winter.
Late snow and freezing spring temperatures caused unprecedented damage to Haringey’s roads, including a dramatic recurrence of potholes.
The next few months will see some of the borough’s worst-hit streets completely resurfaced, while in other areas roads will be patched and potholes plugged.
The council has also halved the pothole intervention threshold – the depth potholes must reach before being repaired – to just 25mm on main roads 30mm on residential streets to ensure that damage to roads can be dealt with before faults get out of hand.
Residents will be able to report potholes using the council’s dedicated hotline, via its website, by email or through Twitter, using #Haringeypotholes. A mobile app to be launched later this summer will offer a further on-the-go reporting option.
Reported potholes will be investigated within two working days. Most will then be repaired within seven working days, while dangerous potholes will be repaired within 24 hours of being investigated.
It is hoped that most of the borough’s potholes will be filled in by the summer, with progress updates published on the council’s website and Flickr page.
Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said:
“We know that the borough’s roads suffered over the severe winter, and that’s why we’re making these extra efforts to fix them. Our dedicated potholes blitz will see our teams working flat out to put right damaged roads.“The extra investment will allow us to get on top of repairs, respond promptly to residents’ reports and get rid of potholes, which we know are a real nuisance to cyclists, drivers, bus passengers and pedestrians.“This targeted work and additional funding underline our commitment to well maintained roads. Our teams will be stepping up inspections and we’re also relying on residents to report potholes to us so that we can be sure that we’re tackling their concerns as quickly as possible.”
Potholes can be reported:
Reports should include specific details of the pothole’s location. For example, “Outside number 20, Lordship Lane, N17”, rather than simply “Lordship Lane”.
Full information about potholes and how to report them can be found on our potholes page.