Pothole teams doubled in bid to repair East Yorkshire's battered roads
POTHOLE response teams have been doubled in a bid to repair the region's battered roads.
East Riding Council has increased the level of inspections with eight response teams tackling potholes after the wettest year on record in England.
With the council responsible for the maintenance of 3,500km of highway network, people are being asked to report any pothole problems.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said: "The infrastructure of the East Riding is a top priority for the council, with the highway network being vital for the local economy and the travelling public.
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"The authority takes a pro- active approach to the upkeep of its highways through extensive surface dressing programmes.
"We respond to hundreds of reports of potholes every year.
"Residents can report potholes to the council via the website or by calling the highways customer care line."
The council received 2,000 calls from people regarding potholes last year, each of which was inspected.
It is anticipated potholes will continue to be reported and repaired for the next two to three months, largely depending on the weather conditions.
The council, with the help of continuing inspections, will continue to work towards a programme of permanent repairs and resurfacing during the coming months.
Despite welcoming the increase in the pothole response teams, Geraldine Mathieson, councillor for Cottingham North, has her concerns.
She said: "East Riding has always been underfunded and the council covers a huge length of highway, so I just don't think there will be enough money to deal with all the potholes.
"There is a huge backlog of repairs, from the bad winter last year to even dating back to the 2007 floods.
"The damage is long term, of which the effect is only becoming visible now.
"It is damage to the foundation of the roads, which is an expensive problem."
Councillor Mathieson says several stretches of cracked concrete road outside her Cottingham home in Dene Road are making it increasingly hard to drive down.
She said: "The concrete plates have shifted, which has damaged them.
"It isn't just in Cottingham, but all over the East Riding. I was driving near Burton Fleming on a minor road and it was like driving through a minefield driving around some great big craters.
"I am appalled East Riding Council is spending £2.5m on removing the cobbles in Beverley's Saturday Market.
"I'm sure that money could be spent on the wider area repairing potholes."
Residents are being asked to report potholes by visiting www. eastriding.gov.uk/environment/roads-streets-traffic-and-parking/ roads-pavements-and-traffic or by calling 0845 6001666.