TEST Valley Borough Council has been asked what is being done to sort out potholes plaguing the borough's roads. 

Cllr Sally Yalden, ward councillor for Ampfield and Braishfield, addressed Test Valley Borough Council at a full council meeting, held in Romsey on Wednesday, April 17.

Despite roads being the responsibility of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Yalden asked the question of the borough council as to what was being done to ensure the reporting and repairing of the roads in Test Valley, asking what the borough council is doing and can do, to ensure it receives a fair 'chunk' of funds to aid in repairs and resurfacing works.

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Cllr Yalden said: "As the leader will be aware, most of Test Valley's roads are blighted by potholes and defects. I'm aware these types of works are a matter for Hampshire County Council but that does not stop our residents from voicing their concerns and frustrations to us as their councillors.

"As scientists warn that climate change will worsen the problem with more consistent and heavier bouts of rainfall, as well as a backlog of billions of pounds of repairs and rising costs, what are the plans to ensure that money is spent effectively and efficiently on our roads?"

Council leader Phil North replied, saying: "I think it is encumberment on all of us to report problems with potholes and road maintenance. I also make sure these potholes are reported into the county council system and lobby the relevant portfolio member to ensure that we are getting a relevant size of funding to address those issues in Test Valley."

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Borough and county councillor Nick Adams King added: "All of our roads are checked all the time, with the type of road dictating how often or regularly it will be monitored. 'A roads' are checked every month, 'B roads' are checked less regularly such as quarterly, with smaller country roads checked on a six month or yearly basis, depending on the situation of individual roads.

"Part of the £4.8m we received last year is being spent in Test Valley. The county council has also, in addition, added £15m from our reserves for highway maintenance and we believe next year we will receive a further £13.8m from the government to help with the programme.

"It is not enough - if we were to bring all of our roads to the standard we want them to be, we would have to spend around £500m to do so, but it does help us enormously in ensuring some of the most pressing issues are dealt with in a more timely manner."