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Harlow MP Robert Halfon calls for Government to do more on pothole repairs

Politics / Mon 14th Apr 2014 at 10:48am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon is calling on the Government to do more pothole repairs across Harlow.

Mr Halfon has raised the issue in Parliament after learning that the number of potholes on 125 miles of roads in Harlow increased to 632 in the first quarter of this year.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Halfon welcomed the additional £200 million provided by the Chancellor to repair potholes but asked for additional help to tackle potholes that have been made worse due to poor weather over recent months.

This forms the beginning of a campaign by Mr Halfon to tackle Harlow’s potholes. Already he has created a database of potholes in Harlow and will be lobbying Essex County Council to ask them to repair each one.

He is encouraging Harlow residents to write to him about any potholes in their area so he can take their case up with the council.

During his House of Commons speech Mr Halfon called on Andrew Lansley to give a statement regarding any extra support which the Government is providing to local authorities to tackle potholes which would make the lives of Harlow motorists easier.

Mr Lansley said he was “not surprised” at the number of potholes reported but added that the winter weather conditions had had a “substantial impact on the quality of our roads”.

Mr Lansley added that the additional £200 million to address potholes is additional to over £1 billion provided to local authorities this year for tackling highways maintenance.

He added: “Of course local authorities must decide their priorities but much of that money will go towards repairing the quality of these roads.”

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