Prepare for pothole problems, says rural watchdogWith the bleak wintry conditions the UK has been experiencing and the heavy snowfall before Christmas, many councils should have already started to prepare for pothole repairs in their local areas.
Yet, due to the budget cuts, rural watchdog The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), is concerned about the safety of road users as we move into 'pothole season', and is urging drivers to take more care on country roads.
CLA West Midlands director Caroline Bedell said: "Local authorities are working under strict budget constraints and we believe that priorities may be rather different this year when it comes to dealing with pothole problems.
"It would not come as a shock if local councils take much longer to deal with the issue, so we are urging motorists, especially those on unlit country roads, to stay vigilant and where possible report major potholes."
Mrs Bedell added: "Potholes are not just an irritant they are a real road safety issue and whilst councils need to take prompt action in easing this countrywide problem, it is also crucial for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes."
The CLA has come up with five top tips to ensure motorists are as safe as possible during 'pothole season':
1. Always be aware of dangerous potholes on your route home and in your area.
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Caroline leads the Midlands team and has overall responsibility for the management of the CLA’s regional business and membership.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor respected throughout the industry, she also represents the CLA on a wide range of regional committees and panels.
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