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Cost of repairing Bexley potholes rising

PUBLISHED: 17:29 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:29 27 February 2013

Potholes are becoming an increasing drain on Bexley Council's funds

Potholes are becoming an increasing drain on Bexley Council's funds

ìé Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The cost of repairing potholes across Bexley is set to rise by £74,000 this winter according to the council.

Record rain totals and freezing temperatures have taken their toll on the boroughs 331 miles of road, racking up a repair bill of £660,000 for this financial year, which ends at the end of next month.

This is £559,000 more than the council spent on repairs just three years ago, in 2009/2010, when the bill was just £101,000.

The cost has steadily increased since and last year it totalled £586,000.

Cabinet member for the environment Cllr Gareth Bacon said: “The council repairs more than 2,500 potholes every year.

“They can be hazardous to motorists and cyclists, so we work hard to try and stay on top of the problem and maintain safety.”

Report potholes to Bexley Council by calling 020 8303 7777.

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