Pothole picture blitz gets more than 15,000 fixed

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REPAIRMEN have fixed more than 15,000 potholes across Oxfordshire after the launch of a scheme giving people the power to report broken roads.

Months of cold weather and flooding over the winter has meant that the county’s roads are in poor condition.

In March, Oxfordshire County Council launched the “fix my street” initiative which allows residents to report potholes via the internet.

As part of the push, the county council poured another £250,000 into its budget for repairing roads.

Since then, residents have sent more than 2,400 images of potholes to the county council.

County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The success of the scheme is illustrated, in part, in the figures. As you will see if you visit Fix My Street, people are continuing to use it as a way of reporting a range of defects on the roads.”

Mr Crabtree said the county council had an average of 30 gangs a day filling potholes.

The council has pledged to fill most potholes within 28 days.

However, taxi driver Colin Dobson said there was still a long way to go in repairing the county’s roads.

He said: “I have not really noticed any significant difference and I don’t think the roads are appreciably better. A lot of the potholes that I have been moaning about for quite some time have been fixed but there are still some pretty bad examples, especially outside Abingdon where I am based.”

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Colin Charlett, the chairman of Kennington parish council, said: “With the road through Bagley Wood being closed we have had a lot of traffic through Kennington and with the excess rain and bad weather it has just opened up the road in places.”

A total of 15,439 repairs have been made since the start of March – an average of nearly 4,000 a month, above the target of 3,000 the council set itself.

Between April 2012 and March 2013 the council repaired more than 37,837 potholes across the county.

  • Visit oxfordshire.gov.uk/report or phone 0845 310 11 11.

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