Fixing potholes is plane sailing

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THE council will look to fill even more potholes this spring after purchasing a new state-of-the-art planer.

The Wirtgen Cold Milling Machine W50 will look to improve upon the 6,429 pock-marks that the council filled in last year on the city’s roads.

Having experienced two harsh winters, many more potholes are appearing on the grid roads as well as on estates, prompting the council to apply to the government for extra funding towards road repairs.

However, a budget of £18.7 million has been set aside for highways, roads and transport by Milton Keynes Council this year – £100,000 less than the budget for the previous year, with £1 million set aside for pothole repairs.

The planer will make light work of repairing roads, covering long stretches much quicker than before.

The council will rent out the machine to other local councils to aid further road repairs.

Vanessa McPake, Cabinet member for Highways, believes the new machine will save the council money by permanently repairing roads, rather than the current temporary solutions.

Councillor McPake said: “I am delighted that we are about to embark on our spring pothole campaign.

“We are in the process of buying a new, very large machine called a Planer which will mean we can do large stretches of roads in one day, much faster and cheap than just filling in piecemeal.

“Please will residents watch out for a leaflet through their door which will say when the work is being done in their street and then ensure they park on their drives that day – we don’t want to have to skip stretches of roads due to parked cars.”

A planer, smaller than the one the council has purchased, was in use on Tuesday on the V11 between Wavendon Gate and Walnut Tree.