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Pothole Damage Costs Councils £22m In 2011
Councils paid out more than £22m in compensation last year to drivers whose cars were damaged by potholes.
Consumer group Which? said the north west of England was the worst affected region with £8m handed out in damages.
The Government allocated an extra £200m to local highway authorities after a review in 2011 revealed a "significant increase in the number of potholes".
But Which? found the backlog of repairs at each English local authority is still growing, up from £53.2million in 2009 to £61.3m last year.
Local authorities have estimated that it would cost £12.93 billion to clear the entire road maintenance backlog in the UK.
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "Potholes are a menace for all road users. With temperatures plummeting this week and the bitter weather conditions set to continue, the backlog of repairs could grow again.
"Drivers should help themselves and everyone else on the road by pointing out potholes to the local council."
The watchdog said the chance of claims being successful depended on whether the local authority was aware of the pothole in the first place and had not repaired it or if it had not followed road maintenance guidelines.
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "We are providing councils with more than £3bn between 2011 and 2015 to maintain their roads and pavements and last month announced an extra £215m to help councils get the best out of their road network.
"This is on top of the additional £200m we gave to councils in March 2011 to repair local roads damaged by the severe winter weather in 2010.
"It is ultimately up to local highway authorities to determine how they prioritise their funding, but we want to help them get the best value for money.
"That is why we are funding the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme which helps councils work together to deliver a first class service to their residents, at the same time as saving money."
Potholes can be reported via a council's website. The Directgov website lists which council is responsible for specific roads.
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what do you think?
Come to Cheshire east roads are awful since the merged everything into 2 councils but they don't want to know when you complain rather wate money on building things without planning permission and then take them down again
How can it cost money when they do not fix them
I would like to know wich councils because they don't pay out in Blackburn your told the hole was not deep enough or you could see the hole you should have taken measures to avoid it
Don't pay out here - can tell where they pay out the pot hold gets filled in so can't claim again!!!!
Councils have their priorities all wrong. Here in Chester le Street a so called artwork costing 300k six years ago and enthusiastically promoted by, and paid for by the local supreme soviet out of ratepayers money is to be demolished at a cost of 48K. Meanwhile the holes in the road continue to grow.
all of britains roads are falling apart, they all need resurfacing. think of all the money that has been wasted on stupid speed bumps over the years, that could probably have paid for the resurfacing.
Johnny 1234 potholes make good speed bumps lol
Why should councils fill in potholes to help the despised motorist. What we need are more speed humps and they will always find the money for that. The idiots in Durham even put one in a parking layby
Our council just been given 2m for road repairs but doubt anything will happen roads are full of holes all over the county