Pothole worries set to continue

Avis Turner... faced with the huge task of resurfacing the crumbling car park at Betton Farm 110230a
Avis Turner... faced with the huge task of resurfacing the crumbling car park at Betton Farm 110230a

WORK is continuing to fill potholes which are still causing misery to Scarborough motorists, weeks after the snow and ice thawed.

This week council workers have temporarily closed roads as they desperately try to get the problem under control by filling in the worst potholes.

However the sheer volume of the damage caused by the sustained frost over December has meant they have faced an uphill battle.

It is not just public roads that have been affected by the problem.

The car park at Betton Farm, which was recently taken over by social enterprise charity Basics Plus, has been completely ruined by the weather.

Basics Plus director Avis Turner said: “It’s been really bad. We’ve got no option but to sort it out, but it’s one cost that we haven’t budgeted for.

“We’ve found out the previous owners used second hand tarmac, so that didn’t help.”

Avis said that while local builder Dan Jepson had agreed to do the work at cost price, they still faced a large bill for tonnes of pebbles to replace the tarmac.

Council workers have been told to put potholes into three categories, according to their severity.

A number of factors, including the scale of the damage and the traffic flow in the areas where they are located, is being considered when deciding which ones to prioritise.

The council’s head of technical services John Riby said: “We are now making some good progress, following some very harsh and persistent weather.

“We are generally focusing upon and dealing with the immediate pothole hazard through infilling to make them safe either as and when we find them through our own inspections and activities or in response to third party reports.

“This does not mean every defect will be dealt with in this manner - only those that are deep enough to represent an immediate hazard.

“Our inspectors have been tasked with visiting and assessing any frost damage in every street across the town.”

In the immediate aftermath of the thaw, council resources were concentrated on Overdale, Eastway, Wheatcroft Avenue, West Street, Scalby Road between Coldyhill Lane and Hackness Road, and Coldyhill Lane at the Scalby Road end.

Tibby Butts and Scalby Beck Road were also identified as needing urgent attention.

The council began focusing on Seamer Road on Thursday.

Mr Riby added: “We have some funding available from this year’s allocation to allow us to make some progress.

“So far as additional funding is concerned, that is a matter for the county council to consider and address and I’m sure they are looking at it from a county point of view.

“We are putting together estimates for the roads identified that require full scale reconstruction and resurfacing to submit to the county for assessment and approval.”

Scarborough Borough Council have responsibility for roads in the immediate urban Scarborough area, while North Yorkshire County Council have responsibility for maintaining roads in the outlying areas.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who holds Scarborough Council’s portfolio for highways and transport, has asked the public for patience.

Speaking to the Evening News earlier this week, he said: “We will get round them all but it takes time. There will be further damage when the bad winter weather returns.”

To report a pothole in Scarborough, residents can contact Customer First on 01723 232323.