CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has won a top national award for filling in reported pot holes.

The Pot Hole Response honour is from CTC – the UK National Cyclists Organisation and details were given at the Surveyor National Highway Maintenance Conference in Leicester this week.

The council also topped the CTC league for both the speed of fixing and quality of repairs in the People’s Vote section and came third in the People’s Vote on road condition.

In the last financial year the council fixed 3,660 potholes across the borough – including a whopping 750 enquires reported in January – and to date there have been 382 pothole repair requests this financial year.

Councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, said: “This award recognises the work we do every day of the year to make sure that our road network remains safe and operational, especially during the harsh, freezing winter weather over the last couple of years.

“This national honour comes to the council but our road care is really down to all the people of West Cheshire who act as our eyes and help us maintain our roads by reporting any faults.

“But this is a journey and not a destination. Our challenge will be to keep this rate and standard of improving our roads going.”

Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy director at CTC, said: “The public is very keen to see improved road maintenance standards, and this is particularly true for cyclists, as good surfaces are hugely important for their safety.

“People are discovering that some councils are very good at fixing them once they know about them.”