Blackburn’s ‘poor’ pothole repair triggers inspection review


A BOROUGH is to revise its road repair inspection procedures after a councilor highlighted ‘poor work’ by patching a pothole in its neighbourhood.

Blackburn along with the leader of the conservative Darwen Council group, Cllr John Slater, raised the issue at the authority’s board on Thursday evening.

As he discussed his £6.75million road maintenance and improvement program for 2022/23, he said the repair of the Oakdale roundabout pothole in his neighborhood was substandard.

He asked the council’s highways boss, Cllr Phil Riley, who is chairing the meeting, to tighten inspection procedures.

Cllr Slater of Blackburn South and Lower Darwen said: “I have an example of some of the sloppiest work I have ever seen with a pothole in my neighbourhood.

“We have to make sure that this money is well spent.

“Are we inspecting these repairs?

“If they’re not up to standard, we have to get people back and not pay them until they’re up to standard.

“We have to make sure the job is done right.

“If we don’t, we’re just wasting the council’s money.”

Cllr Riley said: “Yes, we inspect repairs.

“I too have seen works that are not impressive.

“We do not deny that there may be instances where the work is not good enough and we are calling the teams back.

“If Cllr Slater could give me the details of the shoddy work, I could find out what’s going on.

“We can use this to improve our inspection procedures.

“We don’t want to spend money where the work isn’t good enough.”

After the meeting, Cllr Slater said: “It was a pothole repair on the Oakdale roundabout near the Fernhurst estates in my area.

“It was not properly filled, there were gaps in the surface where it had not been properly sealed.

“It just wasn’t up to par and the council shouldn’t pay for it until it’s up to par.”

In response, Cllr Riley said: “I have requested information from Cllr Slater so that we can use it to consider tightening our inspection procedures for roadworks.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council will spend £6.75m on 74 projects and a schedule to repaint white lines and repair signs.

The project includes a new link road in the Blackburn South and Lower Darwen wards, improvements to junctions and increased walking and cycling routes.

The investment is made up of £3.8m from the government (including £1.07m specifically for pothole repairs), £1.45m from related developer contributions to planning approvals and £1.5m of council cash to repaint white lines on roads and refurbish signs.


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