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Dudley’s Roads are Falling Apart say Dudley Liberal Democrats

April 4, 2021 7:34 PM

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A freedom of information request by the Dudley Liberal Democrats has revealed that there has been a nearly 30% increase in the number of potholes reported to Dudley Council from 2019 to 2020.

Research by Zurich UK and Cebr suggests that nationwide the number of potholes is expected to increase by 15% over a 10-year period, meaning that Dudley's increase from 1470 reported potholes in 2019 to 1903 in 2020 is well above the national average.

The Liberal Democrats in Dudley have called on the Council to make a Pothole Promise, they want the council to commit to repairing potholes within 10 days of being reported, and to pledge extra funding to make sure that the repairs last.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Cradley and Wollescote Ryan Priest said:

"Dudley's roads resemble the surface of the moon, it's years of cutting corners in the budget has led us here.

"The Tories are always after a quick fix, but a quick fix that comes undone within a few weeks is no fix at all.

"The rise in this year's budget is pittance, it's an election giveaway that sounds good on paper but isn't enough for the long-term repairs our roads need.

"Council tax rose by nearly 5% this year, you have to wonder where that money is going".

The call for a more long-term solution is shared by industry experts. CyclingUK say that:

"Patch-up jobs are not a good long-term solution and we think that some of the £25 billion the Government has ring-fenced for trunk roads and motorways should be directed towards the local roads we all use on a daily basis."

The Liberal Democrats are also calling on residents to make sure not just to report potholes when they see them, but also any damage caused to their vehicle as they may be entitled to compensation.

The first port of call for any claim is to contact Dudley Council plus either on 0300 555 2345 or by following this link: https://customer.dudley.gov.uk/service-request/council-contact/?ref=SO-00411