Hefty bill for pothole repairs

PUBLISHED: 12:05 24 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

FREEZING weather has left North Somerset s roads damaged and its taxpayers facing a hefty repair bill.

FREEZING weather has left North Somerset's roads damaged and its taxpayers facing a hefty repair bill.

The district council predicts there will be up to 1,000 potholes in the roads following the cold snap.

The damage, caused by freezing water in road cracks, is set to cost the authority hundreds of thousands of pounds and put extra strain on the council's already stretched budget.

Deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said specialist teams were being deployed to assess the holes and set a priority repair list.

He said: "Clearly we are already starting to look at how we are going to tackle the pothole situation.

"The weather has not been kind to the roads and there are many potholes appearing in our roads.

"I must say it is frustrating because we were beginning to get on top of the situation before the cold weather.

"In the mean time I'd ask people to drive carefully on the roads."

The council team can fill between 10-20 potholes a day depending on how close they are to each other.

The cost of repairs on the A and B roads is thought to total £20,000 but on the unclassified roads where the majority of damage is the cost is likely to run into several hundred thousand.

Between January 1 and June 1 last year 477 defects were filled in, compared with 351 in the same period in 2008.

Public complaints to North Somerset Council about the cracks were also up 40 per cent annually, from 566 to 797.

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