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HITLIST: Stockton roads lined up for repair in the coming months

HITLIST: Stockton roads lined up for repair in the coming months

Pothole problems in Parkfield, Stockton, Image: Ian Cooper/Teesside Live

A hit-list of pockmarked Stockton roads has been lined up for repair in the coming months.

But a councillor has repeated worries about a lack of funding to keep up with deteriorating routes.

A total of £400,000 from covid funding will be used to resurface or patch up 26 streets in the borough before April.

This will come on top of a number of roads already earmarked for work in the existing programme.

Nine routes have been added to the list for resurfacing.

They are:

  •       Allendale Road, Stockton
  •       Chillingham Court, Billingham
  •       Danby Grove, Thornaby
  •       Earsdon Close, Norton
  •       Easby Grove, Thornaby
  •       Headlam Road, Billingham
  •       Rudby Close, Yarm
  •       West Moor Close, Yarm
  •       Woodford Green, Eaglescliffe

Meanwhile, 17 extra roads will get patching work done before the end of next March.

  •       Appleton Road, Stockton
  •       Boathouse Lane, Stockton
  •       Eton Road, Stockton
  •       Fairfield Road, Fairfield
  •       Hebburn Road, Stockton
  •       Laburnum Road, Stockton
  •       Melrose Avenue, Billingham
  •       Mill Lane
  •       Mount Pleasant Road, Norton
  •       Neasham Avenue, Billingham
  •       Norton Avenue, Norton
  •       Osbourne Road, Stockton
  •       Rochester Road, Stockton
  •       Thames Avenue, Thornaby
  •       Tweedport Road, Stockton
  •       Warrenport Road, Stockton
  •       Wellington Drive, Wynyard

A total of 35 struggling stretches have already been lined up for repairs and patches this financial year.

Beale Close, Norfolk Street, Streatlam Road and Thropton Close were included in those being fully resurfaced.

Patchwork repairs were also earmarked for:

  •       Aislaby Road, Yarm
  •       Balmoral Avenue, Billingham
  •       Billingham Bank, Billingham
  •       Billingham Road, Norton
  •       Bishopton Road West, Stockton
  •       Blair Avenue, Ingleby Barwick
  •       Chestnut Road, Preston
  •       Cowpen Lane, Cowpen Bewley
  •       Derwent / Trent Street, Norton
  •       Forest Lane, Kirklevington
  •       Green Lane
  •       Greenfield Drive, Eaglescliffe
  •       Grove Terrace, Norton
  •       Haverton Hill Road
  •       Leven Road, Norton
  •       Long Lane, Yarm
  •       Maritime Road/Gyratory Roads, Stockton
  •       Norton Road, Stockton
  •       Radstock Avenue, Stockton
  •       Ragpath Lane, Roseworth
  •       Redcar Road, Thornaby
  •       Rimswell Road, Stockton
  •       Riverside Road
  •       Roundhill Avenue, Thornaby
  •       Seal Sands Road
  •       Surbiton Road, Fairfield
  •       Teesside Park Drive, Teesside Park
  •       Thames Road, Billingham
  •       Thirsk Road, Yarm
  •       Wolviston Back Lane, Billingham
  •       Yarm Road, Stockton

Cllr Mike Smith, cabinet member for environment and transport, said the council knew how important the upkeep of roads was for residents.

He added: “Of course, there isn’t a council in the country that has the funding to catch-up on its entire road maintenance backlog – this is a national issue which the Local Government Association estimates would cost £11bn, and take more than a decade to clear.

“So what we do is use the funding we have as effectively as we can.

“We prioritise the resurfacing and patching programme according to our roads’ condition and try to target the resources we have in a way that will help prevent costly repairs in the future.

“The majority of these roads would have been in next year’s resurfacing plan but we’re able to use this money to bring them forward to be done this financial year.”

Extra works will cover 5km of roads and some will include using rubber surfaces first trialled on Chilton Close, in Hardwick.

But Cllr Louise Baldock has repeated her worries about a lack of cash to deal with wider road troubles.

Figures show teams in the borough need more than £9.5m just to pay for highway assets to be kept in their existing condition this year.

But past meetings have heard how the budget for this year came to less than half this sum – with just under £4.2m available for roads, lights, and bridges across Stockton.

The member for Parkfield and Oxbridge has labelled Eton Road appalling in the past – with decades old cobbles emerging underneath the asphalt.

Cllr Baldock said: “I welcome some remedial work to Eton and Osborne Roads which are in a shocking state.

“But we shouldn’t have to be patching up.

“If the Government would only give us the £5m we need, we could go so much further.”

The place select committee review of highway maintenance continues.


Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter

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