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£167million to fix potholes across the Midlands

It is thought that it will cost £167million to fill potholes across the Midlands
It is thought that it will cost £167million to fill potholes across the Midlands Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Figures released from a report out today from the 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey suggest the complete cost to fill the backlog of potholes across the Midlands will reach £167million.

The cost across the East Midlands is much higher at £117million compared to the West Midlands at £50million.

Almost 10,000 potholes were filled across the West Midlands last year with more than 17,000 filled in the East. This is compared to a national average of 15,195.

The high numbers of potholes we have seen is partly down to the amount of rainfall we saw this winter.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance's Chairman, Alan Mackenzie is urging the Government to invest in more preventative measures to help save costs.

The Government has recently made significant additional funds available to help combat the results of relentless rainfall this winter but money spent on repairing damage never goes as far as money invested in planned, preventative maintenance.

It costs at least 20 times more per square metre to fill a pothole than it does to resurface a road.

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Road workers put in extra hours to fix Derbyshire's potholes

Road workers are having to work extra hours to deal with the potholes Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by very bad weather in the past few weeks.

Over the past five weeks, the county council’s call centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online.

Man left '£250 out of pocket' through pothole damage

Stoke City Council say they are not liable and that they have teams who inspect roads every day for damage

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been left more than £250 out of pocket because of pothole damage to his car.

Gerry McNeish applied to the council for compensation but was told he would not get any because the pothole was not visible when the road was inspected 6 months earlier.

Stoke City Council say they are not liable and that they have teams who inspect roads every day for damage.

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Council to spend almost £4m on pothole repairs

Last year the County Council spent £2.8m on repairing potholes Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire County Council has promised to spend nearly £4m repairing potholes this year – a million pound more than 2012.

The council has also revealed its new strategy to tackle the problem, which includes doing more to preserve the condition of roads.

The council says nearly a third of potholes in the county are now being reported by residents.

300 potholes repaired every week in Staffordshire

3,500 have been repaired in Staffordshire since the start of 2013 Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

More than 300 potholes are being repaired every week in Staffordshire following weeks of severe wintry weather.

In February, Staffordshire County Council said £500,000 would be spent on helping to clear the backlog of weather related potholes and defects.

3,500 potholes have been repared since the start of the year.

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