AN INNOVATIVE approach which could see Barnsley’s pothole-ravaged road network filled in with recycled plastic is still being explored by the council.

Trials into the use of a material – plastic-bonded asphalt – began in 2016 when Cumbria County Council pioneered the approach in the UK but, according to cabinet spokesman Coun Chris Lamb, further tests will have to be carried out to determine its structural properties and durability before it’s used in Barnsley.

Coun Lamb said: “Rigorous testing must be carried out before it’s endorsed by the Department for Transport and it’s important not to act in haste.

“We need to be sure so while it is progressing, we’re doing this with caution.”