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Hundreds of Hampshire drivers claim for pothole damage

Potholes have been causing damage on Hampshire's roads Credit: ITV

The local authority with the highest number of compensation claims in the country for pothole damage to cars is Hampshire County Council.

That's according to research from the RAC motoring foundation. Almost 2,000 drivers submitted claims. A total of 32% were successful, with payouts totalling £103,000.

Council answers biggest pothole question: why didn't you fix that?

It's one of the most often asked questions about potholes: “If you came here to fix this pothole, why couldn’t you fix the one next to it while you were at it?”

Buckinghamshire County Council repairs around 2,000 potholes each month and its cabinet member for transport has voiced a YouTube video answering that familiar question.

The council said the video informs residents about the work of Transport for Buckinghamshire in an accessible and simple way.

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Pothole cash boost still leaves a hole to fill

Kent and Essex have some of the most pot-holed roads in the country but now the South East is to receive part of a multi-million pound cash windfall to help repair them.

- Almost 1.5 million pounds will be spent filling in more than 27 thousand potholes in Kent.

- Medway alone will receive 135 thousand pounds.

- Almost 650 thousand pounds will spent repairing more than 12 thousand potholes in East Sussex.

- Essex will get 1-and-a-half million pounds.

But with, an estimated, 157 thousand potholes in the south-east alone - the Local Government Association says the pot of money falls desperately short of what's needed.

And Kent County Council says the windfall doesn't even cover the cut made to its road maintenance budget. Sarah Saunders reports.

Kent and Essex have the country's worst roads

Around 27,000 potholes require attention in Kent Credit: ITV

Kent and Essex have some of the worst roads in the country - but now the South East is to receive part of a multi-million pound cash windfall to help repair the roads.

Almost £1.5m will be spent filling in more than 27,000 potholes in Kent.

Medway alone will receive £135,000.

Almost £650,000 will spent repairing more than 12,000 potholes in East Sussex.

Essex will get £1.5m.

But with, an estimated 157,000 potholes in the South East alone, the Local Government Association says the pot of money falls desperately short of what's needed.

Council asks for help to identify potholes

Potholes have been appearing all over the region Credit: ITV

"Please give us more details." That is the appeal from West Sussex County Council to people who report potholes. The council dealt with more than 340 last month. With 2,500 miles of road to look after, the council relies on people's help to identify road defects.

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Road to ruin? The soaring cost of mending potholes

The shocking state of the south east's roads, and the soaring cost of fixing them, has been revealed in a major new survey.

The detailed assessment, by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, says the cost of mending all the roads in our region would be £2.6 billion.

In Kent and East Sussex alone, the repair bill is nearly £300 million.

Potholes are the biggest problem, and there are warnings that public spending cuts mean the situation can only worsen.

Fred and Sangeeta look into pothole problems

They are blighting the South's roads and damaging cars - and tonight there are new calls for the Government to spend more on the growing problem of potholes.

Last year the Government pledged an extra £140m for local councils to help repair the roads damaged during last winter's floods. But campaginers say it's not enough.

Fred and Sangeeta have the details.

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