CALLS have been made to tackle the growing number of pot holes around the Oswestry area including the A483.
Fears over damage to residents’ cars and a negative impact on the “feel of the place” as a result of poor road surfaces have been raised by councillors keen to see work begin to repair the worst affected spots.
Councillor Arthur Walpole, who represents Llanymynech, said he regularly received complaints about potholes from residents and highlighted a particular problem along the A483 through Pant and Llanymynech which was a “concern to many”.
He said: “I think there is a general understanding the harsh weather has significantly worsened the problem.
“The ability to effect permanent repairs will be greatly helped by the warmer Spring weather which are not possible in the very cold weather.
“But this is not an excuse.”
Cllr Walpole has been in close contact with the Highways Agency (HA) and said a plan to resurface part of the A483 was “great news”.
A spokesman for HA said: "Safety is our top priority and we strive to ensure our road network is among the safest in the world.
"The HA recently announced it would be resurfacing the carriageway between Llanymynech and Upper Sweeney from March 4, subject to weather conditions.
"Although the issues on the High Street are outside this area our managing agents are carrying out regular patrols and will complete safety critical repairs where necessary.”
In Oswestry, Powis Place, English Walls and Willow Street are all suffering as a result of heavy rain, according to Castle councillor Saffron Rainey.
Cllr Rainey said: “It’s right to highlight those roads which aren’t as good as they could be because having good roads is important to the feel of the place.
“There’s been a lot of water running down off Mount Road and elsewhere which has caused damage in the area.
“I will keep an eye out and hopefully the council will get round to repairing these roads as soon as the nice weather comes.”
Cllr Simon Jones, cabinet member for transport and highways, added: “Recent bad weather and freezing temperatures have made roads prone to potholes and we are working hard to treat these as quickly as we can.
“At present we have three crews working six days a week in the Oswestry area and work on Powis Place and English Walls should be completed by last weekend .”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said the Oswestry supermarket was also working to improve its car park.
“We are aware of the potholes and work has started to repair these.
“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience and reassure them we are working hard to get these fixed.”