The Hills Council's pothole patrol is ready to patch

Patch-up job: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne with road maintenance officer Neville Bondfield repatching Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill.

Patch-up job: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne with road maintenance officer Neville Bondfield repatching Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill.

The number of potholes being re-patched in The Hills has been slashed from 73 per cent to 13 per cent, the council has announced.

Mayor Michelle Byrne said if residents saw a pothole and reported it, chances were that once the council’s road maintenance teams re-patched it, the pothole wouldn’t re-appear.

Cr Byrne attributed this to a proactive rehabilitation program, multi-skilling of council’s road maintenance teams, and the way potholes are patched — with a new asphalt tile that reduces water penetration and improves road life.

“The number of potholes reported in The Hills shire over the last two years has reduced by 80 per cent,’’ she said.

“This council is one of the biggest spenders on roads and it’s what our residents and businesses want.

‘‘They want to know that money they pay to us in the form of rates is spent wisely on essential infrastructure and services.”

■ Report potholes on 9843 0555.

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