Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Newspaper column 25 April 2018 - Potholes

Last week I was able to speak in Parliament every day that I was in Westminster, speaking in the debate on UK action in Syria on Monday, the anti-semitism debate on Tuesday and questioning the Prime Minister at PMQs on Wednesday.

Then it was back to Cornwall for an interesting visit with the Transport Select Committee to the Falmouth Coastguard Station, which oversees the vital work carried out by the coastguard across Cornwall. It was good to gain a better understand of the work the coastguards do and how the recent modernisation of their service has improved the cover they are able to provide for our maritime vessels.

After a busy Friday meeting with Cornwall Council and NHS leaders, and participating in the Cornwall Leadership Board meeting, at County Hall I was able to spend Saturday, with its glorious weather, getting out and about meeting with residents and delivering my Annual Update report for 2018.

It was good to talk to so many people and hear about the issues, local and national that matter to you. One thing that came up again and again, and was particularly noticeable while walking around residential roads, was the problems people have had with potholes, both the number of them and also how they can go about reporting them.

Potholes are always an issue as they can damage our vehicles and disrupt traffic. Filling and repairing them should be a top priority of Cornwall Council. With the current state of our roads following the recent harsh winter, potholes are certainly a problem at the moment.

The good news is that the Government provides ring-fenced money that it gives to Cornwall Council specifically to deal with potholes.

This money, part of a £100m national Pothole Fund to deal with potholes, is given out every year, and every year that I have been MP, the amount Cornwall gets has increased. For example, for this year, we got, £2,572,746 of funding, which will help repair around 50,000 potholes in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council has a tool on their website that allows you to report potholes and other highway defects and receive progress updates on how they are correcting them.

I have included a link to this tool below:

You can also call them on 0300 1234222 to report them over the telephone.

If you experience difficulties in getting a response or final outcome from Cornwall Council on highway issues, then do get in touch with me and I will then be able to make representations on your behalf.

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