'Pothole repair push' leads to drop in Bath and North East Somerset Council payouts
The amount of compensation being paid out to drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes has dropped by almost 90 per cent.
The total paid by Bath and North East Somerset Council has fallen from £50,158.63 in 2010 to just £2,110.11 last year.
The authority said the dramatic fall was the result of greater investment in road resurfacing and pothole repairs.
Since 2010 the council has spent £10.53 million on road resurfacing. In that year, the council repaired 7,509 potholes. This figure dropped in 2011 to 2,259 but rose again last year to 4,252.
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A spokesman for the authority said weather conditions had played a significant part.
He said: "The wettest year on record contributed to an increase in numbers in 2012 because the increased surface water and run-off from surrounding lands have a significant scouring effect on both our carriageway and footway surfaces, accelerating deterioration particular on older surfaces."
B&NES is encouraging members of the public to report potholes through Council Connect by visiting www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01225 394041.