Calls for pothole cash

A traffic cone marks a pothole in Lower Breinton.

Potholes being repaired in Westfields, Hereford. Picture: Paul Rogers.

Lacey-Mae Gullis (right) with mum Claire Harris and sister.

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HEREFORDSHIRE Council has asked for government help as it counts the cost of the Herefordshire’s severely damaged roads.

The wet weather has caused havoc to highways, with more potholes adding to the thousands of problem spots already being fixed by contractors Balfour Beatty since September.

The estimated cost to repair the flood-damaged roads is £2.85 million.

Herefordshire council has made a claim under the government’s Bellwin scheme as it tries to find a way to fix the problems.

The scheme is an emergency fund that the government can distribute to local authorities that are in urgent need of help following bouts of bad weather.

A £20 million investment has already been earmarked by the council to undertake long-term repairs to the county’s roads, but the local authority claims the extra money will be used to “raise the standard of carriageway condition” and will not be used to fix potholes or any other defects.

Despite 27 teams being out on the streets carrying out reactive and routine repairs, the council and its contractors have come in for criticism for the way that potholes are dealt with and how they reappear.

Brian O’Donaghue, who has repaired roads during his time in the army, was one critic.

He said: “All Balfour Beatty seems to be is doing is throwing tarmac in the potholes. You have to repair the damage and cut a whole square of the pothole to get to a good tarmac.

“A top coat is more resilient and water resistant, but the potholes have to be repaired properly.”

Currently, Balfour Beatty has five mobile units and allocated trucks to carry out repairs, while velocity patchers are used for quick repairs to multiple defects on minor roads.

But, potholes can still reappear when a road is subject to a lot of water — as has been the case during recent months.

And it’s not just motorists who have been feeling the ill effects of the state of the roads.

Three-year-old Lacey-Mae Gullis needed stitches near her eye after she fell crossing Hunderton Road — her mum has blamed a poor road surface.

Mum Claire Harris took her daughter to the nearby walk-in clinic at Asda where Lacie-Mae received stitches. Ms Harris has reported the problem and wants more done to improve the roads.

Balfour Beatty categorises each pothole on its own merits, with category one potholes having to be repaired within 24 hours and category two within 28 days.

However, Chris Howell, construction manager at Balfour Beatty, said that repairs will only be undertaken if the weather is suitable.

“We have had a lot of problems with flooding and have had to clean gullies and repair bridges,”

he added.

“There are more than 2,000 miles of roads in Herefordshire and January was the second wettest month on record.

“We also have a lot of agricultural vehicles chewing up unclassified roads and have problems with mud.

“We do get a lot of criticism and have to get the balance right in how we prioritise roads.” To report a road defect, call 01432 261800 or fill out an online form here.

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12:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.
If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 14

1:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Hereford person says...

It's not the latest bad weather that has caused these craters on the roads. It's the years of useless "repairs" carried out firstly by Amey and carried on by BB. These 27 crews which travel around shoveling tar into these craters that last a couple of weeks need to be monitored as it is our money that pays for this shambles.
It's not the latest bad weather that has caused these craters on the roads. It's the years of useless "repairs" carried out firstly by Amey and carried on by BB. These 27 crews which travel around shoveling tar into these craters that last a couple of weeks need to be monitored as it is our money that pays for this shambles. Hereford person
  • Score: 15

2:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

I wouldn't hold your breath folks, below is my latest email to Herefordshire Council last Friday. Have they replied?.......have they hell

PLEASE PLEASE DO SOMETHING IT IS NOW 11 MONTHS SINCE FIRST
REPORTED. IT IS A DISGRACE. RECENTLY WORKERS IN 2 GREY VANS REPAIRED A SHORT PIECE OF FENCING NEAR THE PAVILLION BUT NOTHING ON THE CORNER OFF GRANSTAND ROAD AND THE BUS STOP IN PRIORY PLACE WHICH FOR ANYONE
GETTING OFF A BUS HAVE TO STEP THROUGH PUDDLES AND MUD. THE PAVEMENT IN NEWTOWN ROAD WAS RECENTLY RETARMACCED AND EXCESS TARMAC WAS DUMPED ON GROUND AT WHAT
WAS THE SPORTSMAN PUB, PROBALY ENOUGH TO FILL THE
POTHOLES AT CHAVECOURT CLOSE. WHAT A WASTE AND WHAT A WASTE OF RATEPAYEERS MONEY.
CAN SOMEONE GET OFF THEIR BACKSIDES AND COME AND
SEE THE PROBLEM.
PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And it was in capitals because I thought someone at the offices just might see it
I wouldn't hold your breath folks, below is my latest email to Herefordshire Council last Friday. Have they replied?.......have they hell PLEASE PLEASE DO SOMETHING IT IS NOW 11 MONTHS SINCE FIRST REPORTED. IT IS A DISGRACE. RECENTLY WORKERS IN 2 GREY VANS REPAIRED A SHORT PIECE OF FENCING NEAR THE PAVILLION BUT NOTHING ON THE CORNER OFF GRANSTAND ROAD AND THE BUS STOP IN PRIORY PLACE WHICH FOR ANYONE GETTING OFF A BUS HAVE TO STEP THROUGH PUDDLES AND MUD. THE PAVEMENT IN NEWTOWN ROAD WAS RECENTLY RETARMACCED AND EXCESS TARMAC WAS DUMPED ON GROUND AT WHAT WAS THE SPORTSMAN PUB, PROBALY ENOUGH TO FILL THE POTHOLES AT CHAVECOURT CLOSE. WHAT A WASTE AND WHAT A WASTE OF RATEPAYEERS MONEY. CAN SOMEONE GET OFF THEIR BACKSIDES AND COME AND SEE THE PROBLEM. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it was in capitals because I thought someone at the offices just might see it Herefordian
  • Score: 8

6:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

William Rudd says...

What complete utter tripe.There are very dangerous potholes by B&Q that have been there for over four months.The rest of the potholes North of the City have not been touched bar one of three potholes on Burcott Rd bridge.
They half filled one and left the other three,Shameful behaviour Balfour Beatty
What complete utter tripe.There are very dangerous potholes by B&Q that have been there for over four months.The rest of the potholes North of the City have not been touched bar one of three potholes on Burcott Rd bridge. They half filled one and left the other three,Shameful behaviour Balfour Beatty William Rudd
  • Score: 9

8:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

starcatz says...

why asking for money. isn't this why people pay council tax and car tax for?
why asking for money. isn't this why people pay council tax and car tax for? starcatz
  • Score: 8

8:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint says...

You know they'll only waste it if they get it. The council will take a big cut to pay their undeserved salaries, Balfour Beatty will take a big cut for their shareholders, and then the small amount remaining will be spent on throwing loose tarmac into the holes before running it over with the van tyre.
You know they'll only waste it if they get it. The council will take a big cut to pay their undeserved salaries, Balfour Beatty will take a big cut for their shareholders, and then the small amount remaining will be spent on throwing loose tarmac into the holes before running it over with the van tyre. ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

makeithappen says...

What a load of rubbish! The recent weather didn't cause the extensive potholes on our roads all the rain did was give BB something to blame for their incompetence. The Council must share the responsibility for the problems with our roads. They should have a contractual agreement in place were BB Particularly are performance monitored and if they don't meet the terms of the contract they should pay penalties!
What a load of rubbish! The recent weather didn't cause the extensive potholes on our roads all the rain did was give BB something to blame for their incompetence. The Council must share the responsibility for the problems with our roads. They should have a contractual agreement in place were BB Particularly are performance monitored and if they don't meet the terms of the contract they should pay penalties! makeithappen
  • Score: 5

8:07am Wed 5 Mar 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

Did anyone notice an amazing improvement in the roads due to the £2 million the council received to fix them after the 2007 floods? No, thought not.
Did anyone notice an amazing improvement in the roads due to the £2 million the council received to fix them after the 2007 floods? No, thought not. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Wed 5 Mar 14

herefordman99 says...

Nothing has changed - it's still the same people, procedures & in some cases incompetance, looking after our infrastructure - the only thing that has changed is the name on the workwear and vehicles.
However, praise where praise is due - they have done a fantastic job of repairing the surface under Holme Lacy Road bridge after the bad weather, so they can get things right, although that maybe due to the hassle of having to send the vans the long way round to and from the dept at Thorn. So why can't they do the rest properly??? The surface at the North end of the New Bridge is terrible in both directions, venture off the main A roads and it's a different matter.
I regularly use the Belmont to Callow road (I work at Rotherwas) and that is starting to become danerous in places now too - mainly due to the recent poor weather. There are large potholes appearing down the middle of the road, as well as the edges starting to break up where traffic is having to swerve to avoid the holes, Many of the B roads are in even worse condition. Cross the border into Wales and it's a different matter - gloriously smooth A roads, that are repaired as soon as a defect is identified.

Maybe we in Herefordshire should have a referendum - can we become part of Wales?
Nothing has changed - it's still the same people, procedures & in some cases incompetance, looking after our infrastructure - the only thing that has changed is the name on the workwear and vehicles. However, praise where praise is due - they have done a fantastic job of repairing the surface under Holme Lacy Road bridge after the bad weather, so they can get things right, although that maybe due to the hassle of having to send the vans the long way round to and from the dept at Thorn. So why can't they do the rest properly??? The surface at the North end of the New Bridge is terrible in both directions, venture off the main A roads and it's a different matter. I regularly use the Belmont to Callow road (I work at Rotherwas) and that is starting to become danerous in places now too - mainly due to the recent poor weather. There are large potholes appearing down the middle of the road, as well as the edges starting to break up where traffic is having to swerve to avoid the holes, Many of the B roads are in even worse condition. Cross the border into Wales and it's a different matter - gloriously smooth A roads, that are repaired as soon as a defect is identified. Maybe we in Herefordshire should have a referendum - can we become part of Wales? herefordman99
  • Score: 15

2:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DukesyinLeysters says...

I have reported problems to the council on an almost weekly (sometimes twice weekly basis) over the last 12 months, and even had an article concerning the A4112 published in the HT a month or so back. What has the council done in response? Nothing. I haven't even had so much as an acknowledgment to my last few reports.

On occasions, the council send out workcrews, but all they do is patch potholes very badly. I should not have to keep badgering them every time tgeir temporary repairs fail!

Total incompetence. Is anything going to change? Like hell.
I have reported problems to the council on an almost weekly (sometimes twice weekly basis) over the last 12 months, and even had an article concerning the A4112 published in the HT a month or so back. What has the council done in response? Nothing. I haven't even had so much as an acknowledgment to my last few reports. On occasions, the council send out workcrews, but all they do is patch potholes very badly. I should not have to keep badgering them every time tgeir temporary repairs fail! Total incompetence. Is anything going to change? Like hell. DukesyinLeysters
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Wed 5 Mar 14

littlewhitebull says...

herefordman99 wrote:
Nothing has changed - it's still the same people, procedures & in some cases incompetance, looking after our infrastructure - the only thing that has changed is the name on the workwear and vehicles.
However, praise where praise is due - they have done a fantastic job of repairing the surface under Holme Lacy Road bridge after the bad weather, so they can get things right, although that maybe due to the hassle of having to send the vans the long way round to and from the dept at Thorn. So why can't they do the rest properly??? The surface at the North end of the New Bridge is terrible in both directions, venture off the main A roads and it's a different matter.
I regularly use the Belmont to Callow road (I work at Rotherwas) and that is starting to become danerous in places now too - mainly due to the recent poor weather. There are large potholes appearing down the middle of the road, as well as the edges starting to break up where traffic is having to swerve to avoid the holes, Many of the B roads are in even worse condition. Cross the border into Wales and it's a different matter - gloriously smooth A roads, that are repaired as soon as a defect is identified.

Maybe we in Herefordshire should have a referendum - can we become part of Wales?
Totally agree. Most of the roads I drive on in Wales are in a far better state than our county. Cross the border at Pontrilas/Llangua and the road to Abergavenny and beyond is a joy to drive on.
[quote][p][bold]herefordman99[/bold] wrote: Nothing has changed - it's still the same people, procedures & in some cases incompetance, looking after our infrastructure - the only thing that has changed is the name on the workwear and vehicles. However, praise where praise is due - they have done a fantastic job of repairing the surface under Holme Lacy Road bridge after the bad weather, so they can get things right, although that maybe due to the hassle of having to send the vans the long way round to and from the dept at Thorn. So why can't they do the rest properly??? The surface at the North end of the New Bridge is terrible in both directions, venture off the main A roads and it's a different matter. I regularly use the Belmont to Callow road (I work at Rotherwas) and that is starting to become danerous in places now too - mainly due to the recent poor weather. There are large potholes appearing down the middle of the road, as well as the edges starting to break up where traffic is having to swerve to avoid the holes, Many of the B roads are in even worse condition. Cross the border into Wales and it's a different matter - gloriously smooth A roads, that are repaired as soon as a defect is identified. Maybe we in Herefordshire should have a referendum - can we become part of Wales?[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Most of the roads I drive on in Wales are in a far better state than our county. Cross the border at Pontrilas/Llangua and the road to Abergavenny and beyond is a joy to drive on. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 8

10:46am Thu 6 Mar 14

Hereford person says...

Regarding vehicles having to go around the block when the Holme Lacy Rd. was closed many rat run along Watery Lane tearing up the verges, these include articulated lorries and BB trucks.
Regarding vehicles having to go around the block when the Holme Lacy Rd. was closed many rat run along Watery Lane tearing up the verges, these include articulated lorries and BB trucks. Hereford person
  • Score: -2

4:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Audi Driver says...

TwoWheelsGood wrote:
If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.
Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies"
But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads.........
[quote][p][bold]TwoWheelsGood[/bold] wrote: If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.[/p][/quote]Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies" But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads......... Audi Driver
  • Score: -1

1:25pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint says...

Audi Driver wrote:
TwoWheelsGood wrote:
If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.
Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies"
But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads.........
It originally said "fill gullies" and has been corrected.
[quote][p][bold]Audi Driver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TwoWheelsGood[/bold] wrote: If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.[/p][/quote]Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies" But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads.........[/p][/quote]It originally said "fill gullies" and has been corrected. ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

ItsNotaMarathonItsaS
print
wrote:
Audi Driver wrote:
TwoWheelsGood wrote:
If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.
Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies"
But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads.........
It originally said "fill gullies" and has been corrected.
Thank you - 'INAMIAS' - typically abrasive Audi Driver - they're always the ones that pass me far too close on my bike.
[quote][p][bold]ItsNotaMarathonItsaS print[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Audi Driver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TwoWheelsGood[/bold] wrote: If Balfour Beatty are 'filing gullies' there is something fundamentally wrong in their approach.[/p][/quote]Please read the article properly before you respond; it clearly states "clean gullies" But in saying that, the comments from Brian in the article are correct, the way they're filling the potholes is just a temporary fix. Too bad they "don't" have the money to resurface the worst affected roads.........[/p][/quote]It originally said "fill gullies" and has been corrected.[/p][/quote]Thank you - 'INAMIAS' - typically abrasive Audi Driver - they're always the ones that pass me far too close on my bike. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 3

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