Help get potholes fixed as soon as possible

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Most motorists would agree that one of the biggest menaces on our roads is the dreaded pothole.

They might not always look like much, but to an unaware driver a pothole could be a costly repair bill waiting to happen.

The Telegraph is launching a campaign to help get potholes in our area identified and fixed.

Our reporters and photographers will be identifying potholes and reporting them while we are out and about, but we are also asking readers to report potholes or tell us about them so we can report them on your behalf.

If you spot one, either email michael.whelan@jpress.co.uk or call 01536 506163 with a few details about exactly where the pothole is, or if you use Twitter, send a message with the hastag #NNpotholewatch, which we will be checking on a regular basis.

Also, let us know if you think your street could be one of the worst affected in the area.

We will be reporting potholes you spot to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor service.

The recent freezing weather means cracks in the road are much more likely to form in coming days – with potholes inevitably following.

The county council has recently been given £3.7 million by the Government to spend on road repairs over the next two years in addition to its annual budget of £16 million.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage said a combination of increased road usage and severe winter weather mean the state of the roads are beginning to deteriorate.

He added: “With the current pressures on public spending it was clear that something innovative was required to improve the state of our roads and footways.

“We therefore pioneered a new approach to road repairs which moved away from temporary maintenance and instead, focused on more pro-active preventative re-surfacing work and semi-permanent repairs on highways defects.

“We extended the intervention window to allow a more considered, planned repair programme.

“In addition, extending the response time for urgent, but not emergency, repairs meant that more time could be spent on better, longer-lasting repairs.

This means those potholes which are not an immediate hazard are scheduled for longer term repair work.

However, if a pothole is considered to be dangerous it will be filled urgently.”

The county council said that although its current target to repair potholes is five days, the average time these semi-permanent repairs takes is about two days.

Potholes which are potentially dangerous and deemed an emergency are filled with a quick, temporary filing to make them safe and then added to a programme of repair for more permanent work.

Cllr Gonzalez De Savage added: “Anyone who needs to report a pothole can do this through our Streetdoctor service www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/streetdoctor.

“They will receive a reference number and can track the progress of their call.”

Telegraph Editor Neil Pickford said: “Potholes are a big annoyance for motorists and hitting just one could leave you with a costly repair bill.

“Hopefully we can work together and help the county council get them fixed.”

Council turns its attention to pothole repairs