Road repairs 'a priority' says council

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ROAD repairs are a priority, according to Wiltshire Council.

The council says it is making the most of the recent spell of dry weather by ensuring teams are fixing the roads that have been badly damaged recent high levels of rainfall.

John Thomson, the council's Cabinet member for highways, said: “The prolonged period of heavy rain and flooding has clearly damaged our road network. We are doing everything we can to keep that damage to a minimum by repairing the roads before they freeze as this can make the damage much worse.

“Our priority is to deal with those where there is a clear safety issue to road users.

"However, the best way to reduce potholes and other damage to our roads is through long-term investment and that is why we as a council are spending that additional £52m over the next six years to ensure Wiltshire's roads are not just maintained but improved.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has contacted the council to report road defects - by working together we can ensure our roads are as safe as possible."

Forty per cent more potholes were reported in the first two months of 2014 compared to 2013. The council was informed of more than 2,600 carriageway defects by either the public or council staff over that period compared to about 1,900 last year.

Anyone wishing to report information on potholes that need filling comes can do so via the MyWiltshire app (available on iPhone or Android), at wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshirelogin or by calling 0300 456 0105.

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