Potholes patched in county

Work to fix potholes on Derbyshire’s roads and pavements are being stepped up with a £824,000 boost from Derbyshire County Council.

From next week, external contractors are being brought in to help clear the backlog of urgent repairs caused by flooding and winter weather.

Councillor Simon Spencer said: “The number of potholes reported by the public and noted on routine inspections continues to rise.

The council is hiring a “JetPatcher” – a specialist machine which uses a high velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water as well as laying and compacting new asphalt.

The £824,000 boost is expected to fund extra repairs for two months. A further £4 million has been made available by the Government to target winter damage on Derbyshire’s roads during the next two years.