We started to log the potholes that need repairing in Burntwood but soon realised that it was pretty well every Road, Drive and Close in the town so Staffordshire County Council please see the map below and assume work is needed here.
Here we try to anticipate some of your questions…
Q But the announcement of an extra £5 million worth of new machinery will help won’t it?
A Hard to say but in answer to a question from a Labour Opposition member in 2017 two other machines costing £12.000 – £18,000 a week to run had managed just 10 potholes in two County Divisions in Burntwood between April and October 2016! The highest number repaired in the same period was in Lichfield Rural West Division with 136.
Q But isn’t Burntwood getting its fair share of work now?
A Well let’s look at last week’s reports of potholes in the County. Of the 230 reports only 4 different ones were in Burntwood. The small crater in Princess Street, Chase Terrace was reported 5 times that week alone in addition to all the other weeks it had been reported by residents who couldn’t believe it hadn’t been fixed.
Q Before I report a repair can I see if it has already been reported?
A Not with Staffordshire you can’t.
They have their own unfriendly system where you have to go through various stages on their own website and only after you have reported it and got a reference number can you find out about progress.
Q Is there a better way?
A Yes there is but not in Staffordshire.
If you are next door in Warwickshire, and many other Council areas, you click on the map on your phone and you can see what has been reported and see updates at any time. If the problem is in fact a district council matter then it gets reported to them.
Q But doesn’t this mean that the less friendly the system the less likely it will be used to report problems on the roads?
A You may say that but we couldn’t possibly comment.
Q How good is Staffordshire County Council at responding to reports?
A If you are a cyclist – then perhaps “rubbish” would be the best answer. The website fillthathole.org.uk have them ranked 126th out of 214 highway authorities.
Q It can’t get any worse can it?