Is this the worst maintained road in Spalding?

More than 15 pothole and ruts are blighting the surface along Halmergate along with a significant dip close to the entrance of Halmer Gardens. Lincolnshire County Council says it has completed some repairs along Halmergate but more are pencilled in to happen later this year. Coun Rob Gibson, who represents the area on South Holland District Council and will be standing in the forthcoming county council elections, feels that more money should be spent on infrastructure in the town.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309899) Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309899)

He said: “Halmergate is a main road into Spalding and it needs to have more money spent on it.

“It is in a poor state of repair and the top of Halmergate is the worst and even a road off it is in a terrible state. I don’t want to be too critical of the county council but they seem to do patchwork repairs and it doesn’t seem to be a permanent fix.”

Concerns had been expressed earlier this month regarding the roundabout at the top of Halmergate.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309901) Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309901)

Stephen Reedman asked why the county council has only carried out “temporary” fixes to the mini-roundabout which connects Halmergate to Albert Street, Low Road and Queens Road. He said: “I worry about the cost – all we seem to do in this area is tarmac in the holes rather than do a proper job.

You used to see people go out and repair the hole in the road and that would be it – but now it’s just a quick fix rather than a permanent fix.”

The county council was forced to plug a GBP12.3million funding gap after a reduction in cash for the county’s roads by the Government.

Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309945) Pot holes and ruts in Halmer Gate, Spalding (45309945)

A spokesman for the county council said: “We repaired some potholes along Halmergate last week, with more work scheduled in the coming weeks.

And we’ve got a resurfacing scheme taking place around the mini-roundabout this summer.”

Lincolnshire’s capital maintenance grant from the Department of Transport dropped from GBP51million in 2020 to GBP38.7million this year, which is spent on the county’s roads.