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Driver sends car repair invoice to Borders council after hitting pothole

Credit: ITV Border

A driver has sent a tongue-in-cheek invoice for £365 to Scottish Borders Council for pothole damage to her car.

Michaelle Burns-Greig says the state of the roads is a disgrace and wants to see vast improvement.

The local authority has upped it's spending on road for this financial year to £3.7million.

The roads are actually getting worse despite all the pot hole covering and everything that's being done. The road situation is getting worse and yet a lot of money is being spent on it, which is being wasted and we are papering over the cracks at best."

– Michaelle Burns-Greig
Road B723 just before Hoddom Bridge in Dumfries & Galloway Credit: Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor from Lockerbie sent in this photo of road B723 in Dumfries and Galloway this week.

'Major backlog of highways maintenance' warns roads chief

The Director of the RAC Foundation is warning people across the south of Scotland and Cumbria that there is a major roads maintenance backlog.

Steve Goodring says that individual councils are doing what they can with limited budgets, but that people shouldn't have to deal with damaged cars due to potholes.

It's been announced that Dumfries and Galloway Council has received the fifth-highest number of pothole compensation claims of all Scottish councils in the last year.

Almost 300 claims were made, but only 28 of these were successful. In total, the council paid out more than £6,000 to claimants.

Cumbria to receive £1.5m for pothole repairs

There's been widespread pothole damage since Storm Desmond hit the county in December Credit: ITV Border

The Government has announced that Cumbria is set to benefit from almost £1.5 million to help with pothole repairs.

The county has been hit particularly hard following the widespread flooding in December.

Councils across the north west have been allocated £6.4 million, with Cumbria receiving the largest share.

The money will be used to fix the estimated 27,000 potholes across the county.


Successful pothole claims: huge variation in Border region

Successful pothole claims: huge variation in Border region Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian motorists come out on top when filing pothole damage claims, according to new RAC Foundation figures.

The number of successful pothole damage claims by motorists in the Border region varies by more than 20%.

26% of claims in Cumbria and 20% in Dumfries and Galloway succeed compared to just 4% in the Scottish Borders.

Council encourages Cumbrians to report potholes using app

A app from Cumbria County Council could make it easier to report potholes Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The council is encouraging Cumbrians to download a free ‘Fill That Hole" app to report potholes.

The app allows users to take a picture of the pothole and report it from the kerbside.

The app then sends that data to Cumbria County Council’s highways teams.

“Whilst our highways hotline is a successful way of reporting potholes, we know that many people use their smartphones more and more these days and we are embracing this culture shift by endorsing ‘Fill That Hole’.

“This app has helped us to identify more potholes that need attention. We are hard at work tackling potholes every day and I encourage people to download the app and report any potholes they see. After all, if we don’t know about them we can’t fill them!”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways

Local business fills in pothole out of frustration

The pothole before it was filled in Credit: ITV Border

A local business has has taken it upon itself to fill in a pothole despite having no obligation to do so.

It follows a dispute over who is responsible for the maintenance of the road.

The Warwick Bridge Business Centre filled in the pothole that lies outside 'Sally's tearoom' in Warwick Bridge, despite the land having nothing to do with them.

The pothole was filled in by a local business Credit: ITV Border

It is currently unclear who is responsible for maintaining the road, with Cumbria County Council claiming it has no role to play in the roads upkeep.

“Unadopted road and private roads are the responsibility of the householders or landowners to maintain.

"Because of this it would not be appropriate to use taxpayers money to fund road repairs.”

– Spokesperson, Cumbria County Council
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