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Potholes increased by up to 200% because of Beast from the East say councils

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This year’s harsh winter caused a huge increase in the number of reports of potholes across Nottinghamshire.

Complaints of potholes rose by 200 percent in the city, while in Nottinghamshire they were up by 70 percent.

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It meant more potholes had to be filled in the first three months of this year than in the first nine months of the previous year in Nottinghamshire.

Potholes are usually caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water under the road surface.

The unusually-extreme winter included the Beast from the East, which brought freezing weather to much of Britain in February and March and caused the sharp rise in pothole reports.

Councillor Graham Chapman is the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, and represents the Aspley ward for Labour.

He said: “This increase is likely to be down to a variety of factors. Undoubtedly the severe winter weather plays a part, but also a significant reduction in our funding from Government means that there are fewer schemes we can undertake to fully resurface roads, and so more patching up of roads is needed.

Government now awards money not according to road condition as before but according to length of road. This favours rural areas at the expense of cities.

“Where we can, however, we do still carry out resurfacing work, such as the scheme on Hucknall Road which gets underway next week,” Councillor Chapman added.

“Another factor is that we actively encourage people to report potholes to us and this is increasingly easy to do online, along with the fact that in a busy urban area with few stretches of road without houses or businesses on them, there’s a higher likelihood that potholes will be reported.”

Nottinghamshire County Council is responsible for roads in the county, and said it is investing an additional £24 million in repairing the road surfaces.

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According to the council, this has meant there were around 35,000 potholes which had to be filled between February and April. That’s around one pothole every two minutes.

Councillor John Cottee represents the Keyworth Ward for the Conservatives, and is the chairman of the committee which oversees roads.

He said: “The harsh, freezing conditions during the past winter have had a detrimental impact on the condition of our highways and this explains why we are seeing far more potholes than usual.

“This is why we are investing more than ever. An extra £24 million for road maintenance has been allocated on top of the existing budget over the next three years.

“While it is not possible to repair all of Nottinghamshire’s roads with the funds we have available, our teams are working hard to make sure the repairs we do will save taxpayers’ money in the long-term and that the network is kept safe.”

In the county, the stretch of road which attracted the most complaints was on the A38 between McArthurGlen and the Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR.)

Because of the 40,000 daily users putting strain on the road, there were 68 complains about potholes on just that stretch.

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