Revealed: Our most aggravating potholes
Exclusive list shows most complained-about roads in the Valley
THE most complained about pothole-ridden roads across Rossendale have been revealed.
Exclusive figures released to the Free Press show that 1,722 pothole complaints were made to Lancashire County Council between August 2017 and August 2018.
Market Street in Whitworth topped the list for the most complained about road followed by Burnley Road East in Waterfoot and Haslingden Old Road in Rawtenstall.
A total of 174 claims for vehicle damage were made by Valley residents against Lancashire County Council with 78 of those being successful.
County hall were forced to pay out £20,312.59 in the last 12 months for vehicle damage caused by potholes.
Nick Smith, who runs Nick Smith Motor Repairs in Crawshawbooth, has been in the trade for nearly 25 years and said the problem is getting worse.
He told the Free Press: “We are doing a lot more spring and tyre repairs than normal.
“Our supplier said it was their best year for selling springs. They sold way more than ever.
“There’s a general trend that it seems to be getting worse. More people are thinking damage to their cars is caused by potholes
“We probably have more tyre and spring repairs around here compared to other places.
“I do know some people who have successfully claimed for the damage off the council.
“It would be interesting to see how many MOT failures there have been in the Rossendale area because of broken springs.”
County councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the ‘colder than average and prolonged winter caused more damage than usual to our roads’.
He said: “We are deploying more repair teams and using the spray injection patching process to find and fix potholes, and repair them quickly, has been making a difference, and it’s clear to see the roads are in better condition.
“The total highways budget for this year was £33.718m and some of this is spent on maintaining highways infrastructure such as bridges, traffic lights, and street lights.
“However the vast majority of it spent on maintaining the roads.
“£26.4m was allocated for maintaining roads, and of this £13.3m was allocated specifically to fixing and preventing potholes, including a £4.393m fund for small scale repairs such as patching, where there are areas of wear and tear which are too big for a normal pothole repair, but too small for a resurfacing scheme.
“The rest is for planned maintenance such as resurfacing and surface dressing.”
●● Charlotte Butler snapped the potholes in Waterfoot, above. These ones on Market Street, Whitworth, right, taken by Clem Jones, have now been filled in