Potholes - they’re the bane of every motorist and cyclist’s life, and cause untold damage to vehicles across St Helens every year.
Now the St Helens Reporter is launching a campaign to find the borough’s biggest potholes in a bid to map the worst hit areas.
We want to help hard-pressed council bosses locate where to direct their scarce resources by building up a comprehensive picture of the cracks, holes and road defects blighting our town’s highways.
From potholes to damaged drains and wonky pavement, we want to hear from you.
If a pothole has blighted the same street for years, we want to know. If your car has been damaged, we want to know.
Council workers regularly check the borough’s streets for defects but, with their resources more squeezed than ever, they can’t possibly know every corner of the town.
To get the ball rolling our reporters have been out and about in town, and a selection of pictures from the worst affected roads is on our website - www.sthelensreporter.co.uk - now.
It couldn’t be easier to get involved and help clean up the borough’s streets.
Simply take a picture of damage when it is safe to do so. Take a note of the road name and any details about the damage, then either email us at email@example.com, post snaps on our Facebook page or tweet us at @StHelensRep
Every photograph sent to us will be used in a picture gallery on our website.
Council chiefs say they will then use the information provided by readers to alert their repair teams.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron is backing our campaign.
He said: “Our record on tackling potholes is excellent – with dangerous potholes attended to immediately.
“Highway maintenance is one of our top priorities – we’re currently investing over £5m in our road network – and every road is inspected regularly.
“But potholes can appear quickly and obviously we can’t be everywhere at once. Our residents know their areas better than anyone else, so who better to help us find and deal with the problem?
“As soon as we know, we’ll do something about it.”