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Plague of potholes 
should prompt review

PUBLISHED: 11:02 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 20 April 2018

North Norfolk's roads are beset by pothole problems following a harsh winter. Picture: DEBBIE CHRISTIE

North Norfolk's roads are beset by pothole problems following a harsh winter. Picture: DEBBIE CHRISTIE

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Having read the report last week on the amount of potholes still to be repaired in the county, is it time to review the management of our roads?

The 6,125 mile network is under ever increasing pressure from increased traffic flow, supersize vehicles, increased weight, and inadequate drainage maintenance.

In the 2016 ‘Your Norfolk Summer Magazine it stated ‘Since the beginning of the year the county council has repaired more than 10,000 potholes in Norfolk ‘. That after one of the mildest winters on record.

Is it correct therefore to blame and write the ‘Beast from the East for biting into the county’s roads and causing 1,000 more pothole repairs than in the previous winter’?

Roads break up rapidly once water penetrates their surface.

Norfolk County Council’s monitoring and maintenance routine currently in place for the road network would seem to me to be inadequate and failing in its ability to maintain roads in a standard that meets the requirements and needs for today’s use.

SIMON BURTON PYE

Stonefield Road

Baconsthorpe

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