WHARFEDALE and Aireborough councillors are urging residents to let them know about problem potholes.

Nearly £1.5 million has been made available to Leeds to carry out road repairs - and specifically permanent repairs to potholes.

Councillors are keen to hear about which local roads need attention so their areas secure a slice of the funding.

Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale), whose constituency includes Bramhope, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Arthington, has sent a message out to residents.

It asks them to forward 'a list of the major and strategic roads you are aware of the need serious maintenance', so he can pass on the details.

That plea is being repeated by Otley and Yeadon's three (Lib Dem) ward Councillors - Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay.

Cllr Campbell said: "Local roads are currently in a mess.

"We are receiving constant complaints from residents about potholes and failed repairs.

"This is a long term problem and, if used wisely, the extra funding can ensure things improve."

Cllr Downes said: "The problem seems to be a combination of the bad weather and poor long term maintenance following Leeds City Council's decision to cut the repair budget.

"The general Highway improvement fund does not include extra works locally, so this fund could get much needed improvements to local roads."

Cllr Lay added: "We want to make sure Otley and Yeadon get their fair share so we are asking residents to check their road and either contact us directly about problem areas, or get in touch with Highways direct at highway.assets@leeds.gov.uk."

The councillors can be contacted by sending an e-mail to: barry.anderson@leeds.gov.uk, colin.campbell@leeds.gov.uk, ryk.downes@leeds.gov.uk or sandy.lay@leeds.gov.uk .