Thousands of reports of potholes over three years


David Humphreys

MORE than 30,000 reports of potholes across the county’s roads were recorded over a three year period.

Figures released to the Leader via a Freedom of Information request found between 2010 and 2013, 31,208 pothole reports were filed to Flintshire Council.

The highest number of reports was filed in 2010-11, with 15,897 recorded during the 12-month period.

That number decreased by 56 per cent in 2011-12 to 9,002 reports.

A further reduction was noted in the following year with 6,219 potholes reported to the authority in 2012-13.

Earlier this year, Flintshire Council unveiled a £1.8 million plan to resurface 42 roads across the county.

The programme is funded with contributions from the Welsh Government’s Highway Prudential Borrowing Initiative, with the council’s own capital resurfacing allocation to be completed during the summer.

Each road in the county was inspected by Streetscene staff to assess its condition and ensure the roads most in need of repair receive attention immediately.

Steve Jones, head of the council’s streetscene service, said: “The council has recently reviewed its highway safety inspection policy to ensure all roads are regularly inspected and any potholes identified during the inspection and those reported by residents, are repaired in a timely manner.

“The process ensures the safety of the road user and reduces the number of claims made against the council for any resulting damage.

“A recent independent survey has shown the council’s classified road network is the best maintained in Wales.”

Of the pothole reports received in 2010-11, 11,993 were repaired by council staff.

In 2011-12, 10,511 of the reported issues were fixed. Extra resources were allocated to deal with backlogs.

With no backlog in 2012-13, 5,025 were repaired of those reported.

Damage to county roads saw the council receive 134 third party claims for compensation relating to their cars.

The number of claims reached a peak of 20 in February 2011.

Following on from the freak snow that blasted the county in March 2013, 17 claims were made against the council in the following month.

The 134 claims led to a pay out of £4,451 from Flintshire Council between 2010 and 2013.

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