National cyclists’ organisation CTC is urging road users to rate their local council’s performance when it comes to repairing potholes. A league table on its fillthathole.org.uk website currently shows Chester West and Chester Council as the best in Britain in tackling the issue, filling in all 243 potholes so far notified to it and putting it in line for an award.
Three councils – Blaenau Gwent, Ceredigion and Shetland, are listed as not having taken action over any of the small numbers of potholes notified to them. Several other bodies, however, that have been notified of hundreds of potholes in their areas have low recorded rates of having taken remedial action, with Liverpool filling just 8% of 357 notified potholes, and Transport for London 12% of the 792 it has been told about. You can check the full league table and see how your local authority is getting on here.
As reported on road.cc earlier this year, CTC together with road materials firm Aggregate Industries are inviting the public to rate their local councils’ performance, with winning councils invited to an awards ceremony in May which will also be attended by track star Victoria Pendleton.
Voting is open until 17 April, and awards will be presented in two categories – the highest percentage of potholes fixed, based on statistics for the website, and the public vote, which asks users to mark local authorities on effectiveness of response. Each category will have one winner and five runners up.
Roger Geffen, campaigns director at CTC, said: “With Fill That Hole making it easy for road users to report road defects, people are discovering that most councils are pretty good at fixing defects quickly once they know about them. These feedback ratings from the public will allow us to award the best performing councils.”
Mike Archer of Aggregate Industries added: “With the number of potholes expected to exceed two million for the first time this year, UK councils are under huge pressure. This awards scheme is to encourage authorities to get potholes fixed quickly and to reward those that are.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.