Wiltshire

Rain stops Swindon potholes being filled on time

Pothole in Swindon in January 2010
Image caption Councillor Keith Williams said 90% of the potholes had now been filled

Heavy rain has prevented Swindon's potholes being fixed within a month as hoped, the borough council has said.

The Conservative-led council said four weeks ago that the town's potholes would be filled by now.

But the Labour councillor for Parks, Steve Allsopp, has started a petition to get roads in his ward fixed, saying they are still "a major concern".

Councillor Keith Williams, who has responsibility for roads, said potholes should be reported to the council.

'Down to concrete'

He said: "We're looking at 90% of them being fixed so we missed the target slightly, but we're on course to get it resolved."

Mr Williams said the rest of them should be fixed within the next month.

"We've had a period of bad weather recently so new potholes will have appeared.

"When you've had an imperfection in the road, the washing out of water and vehicles going over it actually causes the problem."

Mr Allsopp said some of the potholes in Parks were so bad they were down to the concrete below the road surface.

"Potholes on the estate have really developed into a major concern both to cyclists and other road users," he said.

"I don't want to see more patching, I want to see the roads repaired to a state where the potholes aren't going to come back on a regular basis.

"I've had to pay out £250 this year because of the tracking and wearing to my tyres. Unless the job's done, we all bear the cost."

Mr Williams said Mr Allsopp should have reported the issue to the council instead of the media if he wanted the potholes fixed.

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