Council sorts out potholes and flooding

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Potholes and blocked drains have led to more people contacting our Sort it Out Campaign.

People living in the Westfields estate at Cutsyke in Castleford complained of potholes which were causing damage to vehicles and were a hazard to elderly people who could trip on the broken tarmac.

In Pontefract, drains were blocked on Back Northgate and many had grass growing out of them after not being cleared for years, residents said.

South Kirkby residents also complained about blocked up grates on Faith Street and Brooksfield being in a state of disrepair.

Council highways boss Graham West said: “We understand that the condition of the roads on the Westfield Estate in Cutsyke are poor and these will also be inspected soon to see if patching is required or if resurfacing needs to take place in the next financial year.

“Back Northgate, Pontefract, has already been patched and will have a surface treatment by early autumn.

“The road drainage gullies will also be cleaned before resurfacing.

“The road gullies in South Kirkby were cleaned this spring but we aware of some flooding on Brooksfield.”

Mr West said work had already been carried out to tackle flooding around South Kirkby Business Park, and the council hoped grant funding would be secured for further flood measures.

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