4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire? Well Cumbria has nearly 40,000 and MP wants photos of them

The Westmorland Gazette: Tim with resident Jayne Richardson with one of the potholes on Kendal's Hayclose Road Tim with resident Jayne Richardson with one of the potholes on Kendal's Hayclose Road

WESTMORLAND MP Tim Farron is calling on residents to send him photos of the worst potholes in the area.

Mr Farron intends to hand them over to Cumbria County Council to get them fixed as its a top gripe on South Lakeland doorsteps.

Statistics given to the Gazette by the authority appear to support it.

While a spokeswoman said it was difficult to be precise about pothole numbers, in the six months between September last year and February, it either found or was told about 38,947 defects on the highway countywide.

But it added 86 per cent of these have been 'fixed in just under 11 days'. 

The remaining defects are considered either needing longer term repair, more investigation or were reported at the end of February 2013 and are awaiting repair.

Mr Farron said: “I am asking local residents to send me a photo of the worst pothole in their area and I will take each and every one to the county council and demand that they fix them.

“We want to lay a public challenge to the county council – look at every one of these photos and then come and fix our roads."

Mr Farron said in December last year he helped secure nearly £6 million of roads investment for Cumbria from the government to be spent over the next two years - on top of what the county council already spends. 

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It means in 2013-14, Cumbria will be given £3.8 million and in 2014-15, it will be £2 million in 2014/15.

This is in addition to the current funding the council receives.

Mr Farron said in 2010/11, the county spent £19.2 million of its budget on road maintenance - increasing to £21.5 million in 2011/12.

The authority has a dedicated 'find and fix' budget which as well as being used to spend on repairing pot holes, is used to mend other road defects.

A spokesperson said its find and fix budget totals £5.7m for the financial year 2012/13.

Mr Farron added: "The council now has extra funding to make sure it can fix our roads. People pay enough tax on their cars, I think the least they deserve is decent roads, not roads strewn with potholes."

Almost all of the road network in Cumbria is looked after by Cumbria Highways, a partnership between the county council, and Connect Roads.

Cumbria Highways manages and maintains some 4,784 miles (7,700km) of highway network from major routes to minor rural roads.

Around £50 million every year is spent on the network from signage, gritting roads, bridges, street lights and other structures.

People are asked to send their photos to tim@timfarron.co.uk.

 

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7:47pm Tue 26 Mar 13

motherof2 says...

Kendal has too many potholes. There is a really bad one on the bypass north bound. Just after the Kendal South turning!
Kendal has too many potholes. There is a really bad one on the bypass north bound. Just after the Kendal South turning! motherof2

9:53pm Tue 26 Mar 13

Moonbase says...

10 out of 10 Tim for highlighting the obvious.
This government and previous have done nothing but put duty up and up with no regard as to the standard of the infustrcure.
As an MP you should bring up the debacle of spending BILLONS of pounds in a defunct country on a silly railway system to save 20 mins or so to Birmingham.
Gateway to the Lakes what a laugh,the roads are awfull,from Windermere to Grassmere are shocking.
Glad I have not got false teeth yet, Nothing so sure that they will fall out between there.
There is hope though,as I travel through the lakes daily at least I'm assured a pot hole free place in West Cumbria.
Just one question to Tim....

At what point can Kendal be classed as deprived and have the same amount of stupid money wasted on it?
10 out of 10 Tim for highlighting the obvious. This government and previous have done nothing but put duty up and up with no regard as to the standard of the infustrcure. As an MP you should bring up the debacle of spending BILLONS of pounds in a defunct country on a silly railway system to save 20 mins or so to Birmingham. Gateway to the Lakes what a laugh,the roads are awfull,from Windermere to Grassmere are shocking. Glad I have not got false teeth yet, Nothing so sure that they will fall out between there. There is hope though,as I travel through the lakes daily at least I'm assured a pot hole free place in West Cumbria. Just one question to Tim.... At what point can Kendal be classed as deprived and have the same amount of stupid money wasted on it? Moonbase

5:29pm Sun 31 Mar 13

onelocal says...

motherof2 wrote:
Kendal has too many potholes. There is a really bad one on the bypass north bound. Just after the Kendal South turning!
That one, and a similar piece of corrugated surface turning into a pot-hole on the southbound carriage way inside lane at the point of the Kendal south exit are both dangerous, as they almost rip the steering wheel out of your hands if you happen to hit them. They will cause an accident before much longer.
[quote][p][bold]motherof2[/bold] wrote: Kendal has too many potholes. There is a really bad one on the bypass north bound. Just after the Kendal South turning![/p][/quote]That one, and a similar piece of corrugated surface turning into a pot-hole on the southbound carriage way inside lane at the point of the Kendal south exit are both dangerous, as they almost rip the steering wheel out of your hands if you happen to hit them. They will cause an accident before much longer. onelocal

6:43pm Mon 1 Apr 13

TomHarvey says...

The County Council are in charge of highways and every single County Councillor in Kendal is a member of Tims Team.
They have a local South Lakes Committee with a devolved budget so instead of the time honoured tradition of #LibDemsPointing maybe they should get on and do their job as the Councillors in charge of roads in the area and get them sorted instead of 'campaigning' for something to be done
But then again, that doesn't sound as good as blaming someone else as the County Council elections approach....
The County Council are in charge of highways and every single County Councillor in Kendal is a member of Tims Team. They have a local South Lakes Committee with a devolved budget so instead of the time honoured tradition of #LibDemsPointing maybe they should get on and do their job as the Councillors in charge of roads in the area and get them sorted instead of 'campaigning' for something to be done But then again, that doesn't sound as good as blaming someone else as the County Council elections approach.... TomHarvey

9:52pm Mon 1 Apr 13

dancer58 says...

Why not just get the job done instead of having another picture in the paper of yourself , its getting embarrasing !
forget your silly railway scheme its a waste of money .
Why not just get the job done instead of having another picture in the paper of yourself , its getting embarrasing ! forget your silly railway scheme its a waste of money . dancer58

12:29am Tue 2 Apr 13

onelocal says...

Tom Harvey is correct. The South Lakes Committee of Cumbria County Council have discretion and budget over improving roads in South Lakes. The committee has a LibDem majority. So if there are potholes in our roads, then the LibDems should get them fixed. Sounds like Tim is being somewhat devious here, but of course everything goes in LibDem politics.
Tom Harvey is correct. The South Lakes Committee of Cumbria County Council have discretion and budget over improving roads in South Lakes. The committee has a LibDem majority. So if there are potholes in our roads, then the LibDems should get them fixed. Sounds like Tim is being somewhat devious here, but of course everything goes in LibDem politics. onelocal

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