BEFORE pointing the finger, put your own house in order first, North Yorkshire County Council Highways. “Utilities should be accountable for road repair” (Echo, Aug 27) Certainly, the by-roads throughout the county from the Stokesley area to Northallerton - Bullamoor for example, see little or no maintenance by NYCC, nothing to do with utility works, with potholes now becoming craters.

Now back to accusations of shoddy workmanship. Having worked alongside North Riding County Council ‘gangs’ in the 60s, when they maintained and reinstated all aspects of repair to the highest possible standards, I have a reasonable amount of experience of what is required to make good a road repair. After watching first hand in Black Horse Lane, Swainby to Hutton Rudby one day NYCC Highways workmen filling a huge line of potholes full of water with tarmac, this is not to be recommended, there was no keying the edges, no emptying or cleaning out and no tar based adhesive preparation before the tarmac fill, not surprisingly this lasted less than a month.

When I asked the workmen involved “what on earth are you doing?” the toe-curling reply was “as we are told.” So, NYCC Highways, the road reinstatement may not always be 100 per cent because as you should know there will always be over a period time an unavoidable degree of subsidence, but for you to blame others for your lack of standards is not acceptable.

You may be able to bully the utility companies and contractors, but we, the public, have the right to express our concerns as it is our vehicles which suffer the unnecessary extra wear and tear caused by this never ending pothole problem.

In conclusion, what on earth do we pay our road fund licence for?

Trevor Mason, Swainby, Northallerton.

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