Potholes and road defects

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Good afternoon,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information act:

1. The total number of potholes and/or road defects reported in your local area, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to date.
2. The total number of potholes and/or road defects fixed by the council, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to date.
3. The amount of money spent by the council on fixing potholes and/or road defects broken down by year, for 2019, 2020 and 2021 (calendar years if possible, please).
4. The total amount of money paid out in compensation due to potholes and/or road defects, broken down by year for 2019, 2020, 2021 (calendar years if possible, please).
5. And if possible, please can you give an indication of the amount of time taken to fix a single pothole (from starting work on the fix to the road being open again)?

If limited by time, please prioritise in order of Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.

If possible, please provide data in an Excel format.

Any queries, please let me know.

Best wishes,
Chloe

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Chloe

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No.17956

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must
state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold
the information you requested.

 

Please find the information you requested below.

 

1.          The total number of potholes and/or road defects reported in
your local area, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to
date.

Please refer to the attached spreadsheet “Reported”.

We have provided information reports only based on pothole/surface defects
on the road.

This is not an exact figure of the individual number of potholes/surface
defects.  This is how many work orders have been raised and completed. 
Some works orders will have numerous locations of potholes for repair on.

 

2.          The total number of potholes and/or road defects fixed by the
council, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to date.

Please refer to the attached spreadsheet “Repaired”.

We have provided information reports only based on pothole/surface defects
on the road.

This is not an exact figure of the individual number of potholes/surface
defects.  This is how many work orders have been raised and completed. 
Some works orders will have numerous locations of potholes for repair on.

 

3.          The amount of money spent by the council on fixing potholes
and/or road defects broken down by year, for 2019, 2020 and 2021 (calendar
years if possible, please).

We don’t record expenditure specifically in relation to potholes, it is
rolled up within our overall spend on Highway maintenance.

 

4.          The total amount of money paid out in compensation due to
potholes and/or road defects, broken down by year for 2019, 2020, 2021
(calendar years if possible, please).

01/04/2019 to 31/04/2020 Total Payments £596
01/04/2020 to 31/04/2021  Total Payments £289.90
01/04/2021 to present date NIL Payments
Please note that a number of claims are still on going and open.

5.          And if possible, please can you give an indication of the
amount of time taken to fix a single pothole (from starting work on the
fix to the road being open again)

Unable to give an answer to the question. Every pothole is different, with
differing factors being taken into account, dependent upon required amount
work, location and material. etc.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Andrea Bechtle

FOI & EIR Officer

Bedford Borough Council

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Bedford, MK42 9AP

 

 

 

 

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