FOI Request Potholes and Payouts

Request 101001507155

1. The number of potholes reported within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
2. The minimum depth and width (in inches or cm) a reported pothole must be in order to be recorded as a pothole by your local authority.
3. The number of potholes repaired within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
4. The amount of money the local authority has spent on repairing potholes within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
5. The amount of money the local authority has spent in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year, on paying compensation to claimants where vehicle damage was caused by potholes/damaged road surfaces.

Response 24-05-2017

  1. This information is not held so is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) act 2002.  The closest data we have is the number of customer enquiries which we received that were categorised as being regarding ‘carriageway defects’.  Those customer enquiries may be reporting several potholes, or may be regarding other types of carriageway defects, so unrelated to potholes.

The number of customer enquiries categorised as ‘carriageway defects in each year were :-

  • 2014 – 297
  • 2015 – 361
  • 2016 – 507
  • 2017 (up to 23/05/17) – 146
  1. We do not have a pothole definition, however our Road Asset Management Plan - Carriageway Lifecycle Plan gives details of our intervention levels.  This is available online here.
  2. This information is not held so is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) act 2002.  The closest data we have is the number of works instructions that were issued to repair carriageway defects.  Each of these works instructions may be for the repair of several potholes, or may be for the repair of a different type of carriageway defect.

The number of works instructions issue that were categorised as carriageway defects in each years were :-

  • 2014 – 2709
  • 2015 – 4176
  • 2016 – 4419
  • 2017 (up to 23/05/17) – 1392
  1. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) act 2002.  The figures below are the total cost associated with the works instructions that were included in the response to Q.3 above :-
  • 2014 - £ 365,145
  • 2015 - £ 531,682
  • 2016 - £ 542,660
  • 2017 (up to 23/05/17) - £ 152,000
  1. There has been only one payment of £112.50 made for vehicle damage caused by potholes/damaged road surfaces.  The incident occurred 04-05-14 and was paid out 26.11.15.

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