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National awareness day to tackle pothole perils

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A street repairs website has launched an initiative to tackle potholes throughout the UK.

Co-ordinated by Colin Mahoney, head of PR at www.streetrepairs.co.uk, National Pothole Day will take place on Thursday, January 15, for the first time ever.

Mr Mahoney said, “Many thousands of our followers and supporters have asked us to highlight the seriousness of this major problem, so what better way to produce mass awareness by creating the UK’s very first pothole day.

“I can honestly say that public sentiment is very high in relation to this major issue. More than 87 per cent of reports made by the public to the Street Repairs website relate to potholes.”

The idea of National Pothole Day is to raise awareness of the issue of potholes, and how to report them to local authorities.

With the recent budget cuts to local authorities Street Repairs offers a free way for councils to engage with their constituents and action any defects which are reported in real time.

Local authorities have the ability to respond to the reporter by simply logging in and making a reply. It also offers the reporter the opportunity to track their report.

In order to make it very easy for everyone to make a report the developers at Street Repairs have created an intuitive mobile phone application which can be downloaded at any app store.

Mr Mahoney said, “This is a perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our campaign by highlighting local issues quickly and easily.”

You can download the free app and report potholes here www.streetrepairs.co.uk/national-pothole-day.

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National Pothole Day on Thursday 15 January 2015 - Let the road users' revolution begin

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Road users are starting their own rebellion against the scourge of potholes with National Pothole Day on Thursday 15 January 2015.
 
You may have noticed an unusually high proportion of recent media coverage about these unpleasant, disruptive and damaging craters in the road - and for good reason. The reality is that those who navigate the highways and byways of this fair aisle feel they just aren't getting value for money.
 
Whether you're a motorist or motorcyclist, there's no question the UK's road infrastructure has taken a brutal pounding over recent years. A combination of freezing temperatures, flooding and a huge surge in the overall volume of traffic has left our roads in a pretty sorry state.
 
But now road users have had enough and the backlash is about begin. We're on the cusp of a pothole revolution, comrades. After all, motorists pay a not-insignificant sum in road tax every year, so it's only fair and reasonable to expect that money to be reinvested back into the region's roads and motorways to keep them well maintained, right?
 
As any motorist will tell you, colliding with a pothole is not only a danger to your driving but hitting too many of them can cause considerable damage to your vehicle and result in a rather hefty repair bill.
 
Motorist's frustration with the pothole epidemic sweeping the roads of the UK has hit a critical meltdown - and National Pothole Day is the perfect opportunity for you to have your say.
 
More importantly, it's a vital way of galvanizing those pen-pushers, bureaucracy bods and fatuous spokesweasels at Bristol City Council out of their sedentary, mealy-mouthed slumber. They have to be made accountable for the hard-earned tax pounds we pour into their coffers every year.
 
If they can spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on under-used cycle lanes, exorbitant management salaries, barmy road calming measures (20 mph, anyone?) and plagues of those multitudinous vermin commonly known as consultants, then they can find the funds to ensure our roads are maintained to their safest driveable standards. 
 
Have you spotted any dangerous potholes on your travels? Have you been injured or your car damaged by one of these dangerous craters? Got any pics?  Let us know and send your photos in. We'll then send them in to Bristol City Council and demand an explanation how (or indeed IF) all that cash is being reinvested back into maintaining Bristol's road network.
 
You can also take action yourself and report any offending potholes by clicking on the Bristol City Council website, emailing them at customer.services@bristol.gov.uk, or calling them on 0117 922 2100.
 
The time has come, fellow Bristolians. Citizens and road users of the city unite and beat the blight of those unsightly and hazardous potholes once and for all. 

Let us know of your pothole problems ahead of National Pothole Day

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A national initiative will be launched by a street repairs website to try and tackle the issue of potholes in the UK.

This comes at a time when it was revealed that Gloucestershire has one of the biggest backlog of road repairs in the country – a staggering £86 million.

Co-ordinated by Colin Mahoney, head of PR at www.streetrepairs.co.uk, National Pothole Day will take place on Thursday, January 15.

Mr Mahoney said: “Many thousands of our followers and supporters have asked us to highlight the seriousness of this major problem, so what better way to produce mass awareness by creating the UK’s very first pothole day.

“I can honestly say that public sentiment is very high in relation to this major issue. More than 87 per cent of reports made by the public to the Street Repairs website relate to potholes.”

With the recent budget cuts to local authorities Street Repairs offers a free way for councils to engage with their constituents and action any defects which are reported in real time.

Local authorities have the ability to respond to the reporter by simply logging in and making a reply. It also offers the reporter the opportunity to track their report.

In order to make it very easy for everyone to make a report the developers at Street Repairs have created a mobile phone application which can be downloaded at any app store.

Mr Mahoney added: “this is a perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our campaign by highlighting local issues quickly and easily”.

You can download the app at http://streetrepairs.co.uk/national-pothole-day

To read the full article on Gazette please CLICK HERE

SHOCKING BACKLOG OF POTHOLES FOUND FROM FOI REQUESTS

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The scale of the problem caused by the poor state of Britain's roads has been revealed in a new study showing councils facing huge backlogs of repairs. A Government announcement that local councils in England are to get a near-6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years is not enough to tackle the problem, ministers have been warned.

Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to local authorities in England showed some faced a backlog of up to £100 million to repair roads in their area. Others had thousands of potholes to repair, even before the winter set in. Unions representing taxi drivers and council workers said the country has a "shocking" record of investment in the roads, while the AA said the poor state of roads is the main concern for motorists.

The Government said before Christmas that the funding will help English local authorities tackle potholes and improve local roads between 2015 and 2021. A succession of severe winters and the devastating floods earlier this year have left councils playing catch-up with road maintenance.

The FoI information obtained by the Press Association showed that some of the biggest backlog of repairs were in Leeds (between £90 million and £100 million), Gloucestershire (£86 million), Oldham (£60 million), Rochdale (£58 million),Islington in London (£79 million) and Swindon (£40 million).

Many councils said they did not have a backlog, while some said repairs were "historic" or described the cost as bringing their road network to a defect-free standard.

Some councils said they had thousands of potholes to repair, including Plymouth (3,200), Northumberland (6,600) and Derbyshire (1,550).

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said funding for potholes was welcome but there were doubts whether this was "new money".

"We also question whether this really goes far enough. Recent estimates by the Asphalt Industry Alliance suggest a one-off investment of £12 billion is needed in England to deal with the backlog in road maintenance, the majority of which is associated with those roads for which local authorities are responsible."

Brian Strutton, national officer of the GMB union, said: "The announced money is less than half the official estimate of the investment needed to cover the backlog of road repairs, so the public should ask why the Government is not doing more.

"In any event, not all councils will benefit from this announcement. The promise of future money may or may not materialise under the next government. "Meanwhile, existing potholes will crack up when this winter bites, leaving roads in an unfit and dangerous state for motorists."

Peter Box, the Local Government Association's transport spokesman, said: "While helpful, this new money does not bridge the overall funding gap which is increasing year on year."

Dr Adam Marshall, policy director at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "The backlog of road repairs remains huge, and more investment will be needed in the years ahead."

Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "Our members are repeatedly complaining to us that their vehicles are being damaged by the shocking condition of the roads. When you are a self-employed driver if your taxi or truck is damaged and you can't work it means that you can't earn either."

This is why we do what we do at Street Repairs. http://streetrepairs.co.uk/national-pothole-day 

The UK’s first ever National Pothole Day 15th of January

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www.StreetRepairs.co.uk is launching a national pothole day on the 15th of January. This initiative is being co-ordinated by Colin Mahoney head of PR at the award winning Street Repairs website.

Mr Mahoney stated “many thousands of our followers and supporters have asked us to highlight the seriousness of this major problem, so what better way to produce mass awareness by creating the UK’s very first Pothole day. I can honestly say that public sentiment is very high in relation to this major issue. More than 87% of reports made by the public to the Street Repairs website relate to potholes”

With the recent budget cuts to local authorities Street Repairs offers a free way for councils to engage with their constituents and action any defects which are reported in real time.

Street Repairs was launched just over a year ago and in this short time it has experienced exponential growth. This is largely down to public sentiment and the fact that Street Repairs is an independent body free from constraints. Transparency and clarity is the cornerstone for the website as every report made is publically published via all social media channels including Twitter, facebook and of course their own website.

Local authorities have the ability to respond to the reporter by simply logging in and making a reply. It also offers the reporter the opportunity to track their report.

In order to make it very easy for everyone to make a report the developers at Street Repairs have created an intuitive mobile phone application which can be downloaded at any app store.

Mr Mahoney continued to say “this is a perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our campaign by highlighting local issues quickly and easily”.

You can download the app here http://streetrepairs.co.uk/national-pothole-day