“The Government has awarded an extra £2.2 million to Staffordshire to repair roads damaged by prolonged freezing weather. This is on top of the extra £5 million already allocated by the County.
“But it is essential that Staffordshire Highways and Transport know where all the potholes are” says Michael Fabricant. “I urge people to download the ‘myStaffs’ app. Used in conjunction with a phone’s camera and GPS, it can automatically send a picture of the pothole to Highways with an accurate location.
“Local people need to let the County know where these pot holes are as there are thousands of miles of roads and lanes in the County and the Highways officials can’t be expected to know the state of them all at once as the tarmac conditions constantly change” Michael adds.
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport, and a Burntwood councillor says: “Good roads are important not only for getting us from A to B, but for continuing to grow a strong economy.
“In Staffordshire, we will have invested an extra £10m over two years both in tackling potholes and in preventative treatment to help stop them occurring in the first place. Last year this allowed us to fix around, 35,000 potholes compared to 20,000 in a typical year.
“However, with a county the size of Staffordshire this is always going to be a challenge and the prolonged ice and even snow in March has created even more potholes, so I am pleased that the Government has recognised the impact of the recent severe weather by announcing this extra funding today.”
With more bad weather potentially in the pipeline over the Easter weekend, the county council will be launching its pothole campaign in early April.