POTHOLES are taking so long to be repaired that the paint used to help motorists identify them has worn away,
POTHOLES are taking so long to be repaired that the paint used to help motorists identify them has worn away, claims a Henley councillor.
Ian Reissmann says a crater outside his home in Gainsborough Road had not been fixed for some time. “It been left for so long the warning lines have worn off,” he said.
At a council meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Reissmann asked town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith how long a pothole should take to be filled in.
He said: “When a pothole is marked in red, how long should it be before it is fixed?”
Cllr Nimmo Smith replied: “There are red and white lines, one is seven days and the other is 28 days but I can’t remember which. I know some of them have been there for six months.”
Councillor Pam Phillips said there was a pothole in Vicarage Road that would “consume a lorry” because it was so big.
Councillor Laila Meachin told Cllr Nimmo Smith: “At the last full council you gave quite an inspiring speech on the radical steps the county council would be taking with potholes but I can’t see any impact.”
Councillor Nimmo Smith admitted to being sidetracked following last week’s county council elections but insisted he was now back on track.
“It is something I will pick up tomorrow morning,” he said. “I do know that the county council has 19 gangs instead of 10 to do the work. Henley is not the only place in the county.”
He was supported by Councillor Will Hamilton who said the repair teams were very good.
“I have reported potholes via the hotline which I have on my mobile phone,” he said. “You report them and then they will get mended.”