Brent Council scores a hole in one by being voted best at fixing potholes
PUBLISHED: 18:08 09 June 2011
However they won the crown with just four votes from the public
Brent Council has been named the best at fixing potholes in a public poll – but only four people voted.
The competition was organised by the CTC, the UK’s national cyclist organisation, in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of breakages in the road and to spur on councils to fix them.
Residents logged were they had spotted the potholes on a website which automatically sent an email to the council. The site then monitored how quickly and effectively they had been filled.
A ‘people’s vote’ on the general condition of roads was also held which Brent won, scoring four out of five stars.
However, only four people voted.
Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy director at CTC, said: “The public is very keen to see improved road maintenance standards, and this is particularly true for cyclists, as good surfaces are hugely important for their safety.
“With Fill That Hole making it easy for road users to report road defects, people are discovering that many councils are good at fixing them quickly once they know about them.”
A council spokesman said: “We are delighted to have won this award even though a small number of respondents took part. We try hard to keep our roads in the best possible condition and respond quickly to requests from all road users.
“We are particularly keen on encouraging cycling, walking and the use of public transport and realise that one way of doing that is to fix potholes reported by cyclists as soon as possible. We would encourage anyone who comes across a pothole to report them to us as soon as possible.”