Pothole cash boost

COUNCIL bosses are to inject an extra £500,000 into repairing potholes across the district.

The cash boost for the road maintenance budget will see the council’s transport and highways team carrying out major work on a “hitlist” of roads which have taken the brunt of the damage caused by the coldest December in more than 100 years.

The council aims to complete the permanent surfacing work by the end of March.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy council leader and cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “We’ll still be doing emergency repairs to potholes but this extra cash will allow us to fix worst hit roads more permanently.

“We’ve listened to citizens and considered their suggestions to make our hit-list of the most urgent repairs. Safety is our priority.

“Of course we’d like to resurface all the damaged roads but we just don’t have enough money. But even if your road is not on our list of priorities, don’t be disheartened. Keep telling us about potholes and we’ll do our best to repair them.”

Work is due to start immediately on Barnsley Road, Ackworth, Fryston Road, Castleford, Friarwood Lane/Mayors Walk and Ferrybridge Road, Pontefract, Sandringham Avenue, Ferrybridge, and Holywell Lane, Glass Houghton.

The council will still continue to make temporary repairs to other roads across the Five Towns.

Potholes can be reported via the council website at www.wakefield.gov.uk or by calling the pothole hotline on 0845 8 506 506.