Middlesbrough councillor told to stop repairing potholes

A Middlesbrough councillor has been told to stop repairing potholes in his constituency.

Jessica Mckeown
13th March 2023
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Luke Mason, the councillor representing Middlesbrough's Coulby Newham area, has been told to stop his DIY job of fixing potholes by the councils environmental services.

Over a couple of weeks Mr Mason said that he had repaired 15 to 20 potholes by using cold lay from a hardware store

Mr Mason, a Conservative representative, began his DIY campaign after receiving complaints from residents because of the damage potholes were causing to their cars. Over a couple of weeks Mr Mason said that he had repaired 15 to 20 potholes by using cold lay from a hardware store.

He said that "officers are trying their best but the statutory services we run at the council, mainly social care, are taking up an ever-increasing portion of our budget" and that the demand for maintenance is "outstripping supply".

Mr Mason admits that "the repairs are far from perfect but they leave the roads in a far better state than what they were before" and dissuades the public from undertaking repairs themselves for legal reasons.

He has been informed by the council's environmental services that it could be a "serious breach" should anything happen at one of the repaired potholes.

A spokesperson from the council offered the following statement "We appreciate the efforts of ward members and members of the public who wish to improve their local areas. However, highway repairs need to be carried out in line with health and safety guidelines and to appropriate standards. As such advice has been issued accordingly for the wellbeing of all, including road users."

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