THE END looks in sight for potholes in Ledbury High Street, and elsewhere, - as Herefordshire Council announces an action plan and extra funding to pay for it.
Following a series of emailed appeals over two months by motorist Linda Arnold, for something to be done about the bumpy ride through town, the authority has responded with some good news, at last.
Mrs Arnold, who lives in Worcester but comutes through Ledbury every working day, expressed the hope last week that a multi-million pound windfall to the council, from the National Pothole Fund, will soon lead to results; - and this appears to be the case.
She said: "Perhaps we might see some road mending taking place in the near future?
"It is in a dreadful state and must be damaging many vehicles' suspension systems."
Herefordshire Council communications officer, Michelle Morgan said: "Our contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places is aware of the condition of the road and a section of the High Street, from the war memorial to Top Cross, has been identified for works.
"We are currently in consultation with the town council on suitable timing of these works to cause minimal disruption to the town and events held in Ledbury.
"Prior to the surfacing works a job has been
raised, to repair the worst of the potholes."
Herefordshire Council’s bid to the National Pothole Fund succeeded in winning an extra £2.573 million for road repairs from Central Government .
And total extra funding for road repairs in Herefordshire this year is expected to top £6m.
Coun Paul Rone, the council's cabinet member for highways and transport said, “We are delighted with the news that Herefordshire will receive extra funding to tackle potholes. Quite frankly, potholes are one of the biggest annoyances our residents have when travelling around the county.
"The award not only takes into account the county’s road length but also the approach to the long term management of the county’s highways. The extra £20 Million pounds we will be investing in 2014/15 in the county’s roads will have stood us in good stead to gain the extra funding allocation."
He added: "We will see record amounts of work on the roads over the next year and this will make a visible difference to all who travel around the county.”