Leominster’s mayor says potholes in the town’s streets are so bad it resembles a World War One battlefield.

Councillor Clive Thomas told a town council meeting last night (March 29) that he had called on Herefordshire Council to resurface the roads.

However, he said council contractors had no plans to do any more repairs in Leominster.

“I pointed out the state of our roads,” he said.

“There are roads in this town that need planing and resurfacing such as Bargates, Barons’ Cross road, the junction of South Street and Etnam Street and the island by Aldi and Rylands Road.


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“I’m not pleased to hear that they’re not doing anymore resurfacing.

“They are in a terrible state. I call it battlefield from World War One. It’s not just holes, it’s everything.

“They must get their act together because we’ll have no cars left. Everybody will be claiming off them and not getting anywhere.”

Herefordshire Council’s infrastructure delivery head Mairead Lane said their annual plan, which includes roadworks, is under review.

“The cabinet member for Infrastructure and Transport is currently reviewing the annual plan for 2021/22, which sets out the highways & public realm priorities for the coming year.

“Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places work closely with town and parish councils and other stakeholders to identify and prioritise future road and public space improvements across the county.

“All A, B and major C roads in the county are inspected monthly to ensure safety and information from these and other inspections informs the development of the annual plan.

“The priorities for the coming year have been developed to align with the council’s county plan, and will focus on drainage following a difficult period which has seen the county affected by several flooding events.

“There will also be work on structures, including significant bridge works.

“General maintenance activities will continue, but this focus is possible because of the additional investment that has been made into carriageway surfacing over the past year and the overall condition of the road network.

“Given the context of reduced capital funding from Government and financial pressures facing all council services, we are confident that the annual plan sets out the best possible programme of maintenance and improvement across Herefordshire’s 2000+ miles of highway.”