Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson is getting on with the job of repairing potholes around the shire. A smart phone app is available to let the council know where the potholes are.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson is getting on with the job of repairing potholes around the shire. A smart phone app is available to let the council know where the potholes are. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Peeved about potholes?

POTHOLES - nothing else causes such passionate debate and unwanted trips to the mechanic.

We have plenty of them in Byron Shire as a result of all the rains which lashed our rural roads in the first part of the year.

Recent sunshine has facilitated the filling of potholes and two Byron Shire Council repair crews will be out covering the entire shire over the next five weeks.

Even though Mayor Simon Richardson will not be out there personally filling potholes, he encouraged residents to report any roads that were badly affected.

"There is also now a great smart phone app that residents can use to help inform council about their roads," he said.

"Called Snap Send Solve, it's a free app that takes a photo of the pothole and uses GPS to pinpoint the location.

"This information is then sent to council and staff are tasked to inspect and carry out the necessary works."

The Snap Send Solve app is free and available for both iPhones and Android phones.

The more information the community supplied about potholes, the more the council could efficiently allocate its resources, Cr Richardson said.

"The app is simple, fast and helps inform our work crews."

Council works manager Tony Nash said road crews would embark on a six-week patching program in town areas.

Work was continuing on rural roads.

Mr Nash warned residents against filling pot- holes themselves.

"While we can appreciate that it is frustrating to have to wait until the work crews reaches your street, filling a pothole can place yourself at risk and also create more work for the crews," Mr Nash said.


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