Cash pot for Redbridge to help with danger potholes

SOME of the deepest and most dangerous potholes lining Redbridge’s roads will be repaired with the help of what is expected to be a more than �100,000 grant from the government.

After a second consecutive winter of heavy snow and freezing conditions, drivers are navigating a gauntlet of gaping holes in a seemingly endless list of roads in the borough.

In an effort to make sure the money is spent on as many roads as possible, Redbridge Council has been carrying out temporary repairs of potholes classed as being dangerous and in need of “urgent” work.

An urgent repair is earmarked for any pothole more than 40mm deep in road, and any more than 20mm deep in footways.

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: “We are plugging the more urgent potholes and while more permanent repairs over a wider area would be preferable, we are trying to treat as many potholes as possible with the money available.”

Last week, Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond announced a �100million pot of cash will be distributed to councils in England to help with pothole repairs.

The money each local authority gets will be worked out by taking into account the amount and condition of roads the authority is responsible for. With Redbridge Council awarded �123,000 last year, town hall highways bosses are hopeful of getting a similar amount in March.

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The council will be compelled to publish online a full breakdown of where the money has been spent by the end of September.

Elmbridge Road in Hainault is near the top of the council’s priority list and is likely to be resurfaced in the next few months.

Repairs to potholes in Manford Way, Hainault, are also being considered.