New company to tackle town’s pothole problem

Potholes
Potholes

A new joint venture company involving Notts County Council should help to stop Hucknall being plagued with potholes, the town’s Partnership Group was told this week.

Coun John Wilkinson, a Hucknall Labour member of the county council, said the company would be responsible for the council’s highways and fleet management services.

Members of the council’s policy committee gave the go-ahead last month for the company, which will be set up in partnership with the CONSERV Group, a company wholly owned by Cornwall County Council.

The new company will become operational on 1st April next year under a ten-year contract with Notts County Council, extendable for a further five years.

It will be owned by the public sector and be able to trade commercially to gain work of up to 20 per cent of its turnover.

Profits from this would stay within the public sector, helping to sustain the highways service and the skill base needed to support Nottinghamshire’s 2,500 miles of roads and its 93,000 street lights, as well as helping to support the council’s other services.

Council leader Coun Alan Rhodes (Lab) said the initiative would help them to ensure continued improvement against a backdrop of ever-increasing demand on its services.

Meanwhile, Coun John Wilmott, a Hucknall member of Notts County Council and a founder member of Hucknall First Community Forum, has taken 140 photos of potholes all over the town.

He is shortly due to meet Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the council’s transport and highways committee, and a highways officer, and take them on a pothole tour of the town.

The partnership group chair, Brenda Shelbourne, said she nearly had a fall because of a pothole on a pavement in the town. She added: “They pose a particular problem for people with wheelchairs or baby buggies.”

Coun Alice Grice (Lab), of Hucknall, who is a member of the county council, said it was important for people to let the county councillors know if they had a complaint about a pothole.

Three weeks ago Coun Wilmott told Notts County Council: “The state of streets in Hucknall is far below the standard we should expect.

“Some markings made round the potholes to earmark them for repairs have faded so much that you can hardly see them.”