While this winter so far, for much of the country, has been relatively mild, the roads are still taking the brunt of the weather. In addition, after a couple of pretty bad winters in recent years there are still many, many potholes that should already have been repaired.
However, local authorities and councils are blaming Government budgetary cuts for their inability to keep up with the maintenance and repair work on Britain’s’ road network. Last year around 2.2 million potholes were repaired by local authorities which equates to a 20% rise on the previous year.
This sounds like great news until we tell you that claims by motorists against councils for pothole damage have risen by almost 80% last year alone. This means that councils have forked out more than £2.5 million in compensation, money which could have been used to fix the roads.
A recent government report has found that there is a backlog of more than £10 billion worth of road maintenance and repairs that councils say they just don’t have the money for.
One answer is an increasingly popular app, developed by a national cycling charity, which allows a user to photograph the pothole and bring it to the attention of their local authority who can then decide if it is dangerous and whether it needs filling within 24 hours.