Pothole Repairs in Staffordshire, Cannock Chase becomes ‘National Landscape’
Written by Hitmix Local News on 22 November 2023
Staffordshire County Council is making good on its promise to fix more roads across the county with 16,308 pothole repair jobs completed so far, which is already in excess of jobs completed last year
Earlier this year, the council announced an investment of £30 million into maintaining and improving the county’s highways over the next two years. This is on top of the £5 million funding for road repairs and £4.8 million received from the Department for Transport’s pothole fund.
Staffordshire will additionally be receiving over £186 million of the £8.3 billion government investment into England’s roads for the next 11 years. This funding became available following the cancellation of HS2 north of Birmingham.
Residents can report potholes on the county council’s website, using the ‘Report It’ function. Repairs are then prioritised depending on the severity and dangerousness of the defect.
Image: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, David Williams, with a thermal road repairs machine
All designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales are becoming National Landscapes, including Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
The rebrand, reflects the areas’ national importance, the vital contribution they make to protect the nation from threats of climate change, nature depletion and the wellbeing crisis, whilst also creating greater understanding and awareness for the work they do.
Cannock Chase Country Park, a beautiful area of heathland and wood pasture in South Staffordshire, was designated an Area of Natural Beauty in 1958. It is rich in heritage and home to a range of sensitive species, making it an internationally important site for wildlife.
Staffordshire County Council is part of the Cannock Chase National Landscape partnership, which brings together local authorities, statutory agencies, landowners and community representatives to conserve and enhance the area’s natural beauty.
Photo by Sam Carpenter