Pot holes report labelled ‘spin’

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A report which claims “overwhelming improvements” have been made fixing potholes in the county has been labelled as council “spin”.

The report, passed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, said an overhaul of the system over the last three years has led to 38,000 potholes being dealt with.

But the report has been dismissed by opposition politicians, who said pothole issues were as bad as ever.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, cabinet member for public protection, said: “We have had successes we are very proud about. But we are not complacent. We have more than 4,000km of roads we are responsible for.”

Former cabinet member for highways, Cllr Heather Smith added: “I could not be more delighted with this report.”

But the report was rebuffed by many at the meeting including the opposition Labour councillors.

Group leader Cllr John McGhee said: “When I attended a tenants and residents’ meeting with a double-page spread in the press about how marvellous it is, all I could hear was laughter.

“This report is spin and should not be allowed.”