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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.

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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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Sinatra pothole video release by Worcestershire County Council

Worcestershire County Council has released a satirical video regarding potholes, sung to Frank Sinatra's My Way, in a bid for motorists to report them for filling.

The song: At Work in Highways, was released yesterday – a day before new figures revealed that a backlog of potholes would take 11-years in the East Midlands to fill, and eight-years in the West Midlands.

Eleven years to clear pothole backlog in East Midlands

A "crumbling road crisis" for drivers in East Midlands

It would take 11 years to clear the backlog of potholes in the East Midlands, according to a new survey out today.

The West Midlands fares slightly better with a backlog of eight years.

The cost of completing the backlog of potholes is estimated at £41m for the West Midlands and £98m for the East Midlands.

One in five roads in the midlands has less than five years worth of use left in it, according to The Annual Local Authority Repair Maintenace Survey.

Derbyshire potholes to be filled in

Potholes are caused when water freezes and expands. Credit: PA

More than £800,000 is being spent fixing potholes on roads across Derbyshire.

County councillors agreed to the funding at a cabinet meeting last night. The money is coming from a share of £4million pounds for emergency repairs from the Government.

In neighbouring Nottinghamshire, the County Council has recorded tens of thousands of potholes since April 2012 - and expects the total figure to reach 32,443 by April 1st 2013.

In 2011-2012, Nottingham City Council spent £90,000 fixing around 2,500 potholes. So far this year it's only fixed 1,032 at a cost of £62,662.

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