Victoria Pendleton awards gold for top pothole repairs

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council was awarded the ‘Pothole Response’ accolade by Olympic and World Champion track cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, following a nationwide competition between the UK’s 217 highways authorities.

 

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Pendleton actively supported the awards scheme which was jointly run by Aggregate Industries and launched at the height of this year’s pothole season which saw UK councils judged on repairs to potholes as reported via www.fillthathole.org.uk. The Fill That Hole website is run by award scheme partners CTC – The UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation.

 

Victoria Pendleton said; “Potholes can be a problem for road users, particularly people cycling to work or school, cycling for fun, keeping fit, or even cycling professionally. We have to make our roads safer and more accessible for cyclists who often lack confidence to ride their bikes in and around urban areas because of poor road surfaces.

 

“I was delighted to present Cheshire West and Chester Council with their award and want to congratulate all of the other successful local authorities. It is fantastic to be a part of recognising the work they are doing to respond to these problems and ensure our roads are safe.”

 

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor and Executive Member for Community and Environment, Lynn Riley said: “This award recognises the work we do every day of the year to make sure that our road network remains safe and operational, especially during the harsh, freezing winter weather over the last couple of years.

 

“This national honour comes to the Council but the high quality care of our roads is really down to all the people of West Cheshire who act as our eyes and help us maintain our roads by reporting any faults. But this is a journey and not a destination. Our challenge will be to keep this rate and standard of improving our roads going forward.”

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council won the ‘Pothole Response’ award for the highest percentage of potholes fixed, repairing all of the road defects reported via Fill That Hole during the competition. Newham, West Lothian, Brent, Redbridge and Luton also scored 100%.

 

The ‘Pothole Feedback’ award went to the London Borough of Brent. Cheshire West and Chester appeared again as a runner up in this category, along with Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bristol City Council.

 

During the competition, the UK’s public reported 11,200 potholes to Fill That Hole, some of them via the free iPhone app developed in partnership with Aggregate Industries.

 

Although the competition has now closed, you can still report the pothole on your street by visiting www.fillthathole.org.uk.

 

 

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