BLIGHT: Potholes, such as this one in Dorking, could soon be fixed by Mole Valley District Council
Potholes – the bane of so many people’s lives – are currently tackled by contractors overseen by Surrey County Council, which is based over at Kingston-upon-Thames.
But a new initiative is under way which could see roads maintenance work carried out on a more localised level. Four councils – Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge – are collaborating with a view to taking over the massive programme of maintenance work from the county council.
Councillor James Friend, leader of Mole Valley District Council said: “We are working with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Tandridge District Council on how to increase efficiency by considering services that could be delivered locally.
“Last spring, we successfully took on responsibility from Surrey for our own highways horticulture contract.
“By running the contract directly from Mole Valley we have built a close working partnership with our contractors and can actively monitor and liaise with them directly, reducing communication lines and responding swiftly to residents.”