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Enfield Pledges No Pothole Precept

Published Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Enfield Council taxpayers will not have to pay a pothole tax said the authority’s enviro chief.

Councillor Terry Neville, cabinet member for environment said: "London has been plagued by potholes since the winter weather, however because of our prudent use of resources we have found over £400, 000 to pay for these emergency repairs. There will be no pothole tax in Enfield."

Cllr Neville was speaking following reports of a pothole plague in the media over the winter.

The report said there up to 1.6 million craters across the country forcing one council to increase average bills by almost £5 to pay for road repairs.

Cllr Neville continued: "Enfield has an excellent reputation for road maintenance.  Last week we won London's most improved borough for transport partly due to the £50 million investment we have made in road and pavement maintenance in just four years."

Enfield Council won London's Most Improved Transport borough category at the London Transport Awards last week for its pro-active and sustainable approach to Highway Maintenance.

The news comes after it was revealed Council contractors fixed over 9,000 potholes caused by the winter weather in just five weeks.

Crews of asphalters have been working flat out on emergency repairs to keep the borough moving.

Stephen Skinner, head of highways services, said: "We have agreed a new process with our contractor to carry out rapid repairs to ensure that our roads are made safe for motorists to prevent potholes from expanding. If anyone sees a pothole they think is dangerous, they can report it to the council on 020 8379 1000 or on online at"

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