Gwynedd: website reveals pothole repair costs

THE amount a North Wales council has spent each year tackling drivers’ worst enemy – potholes – over the past three years has been revealed.

A recent Freedom of Information request showed that Gwynedd Council spent more on fixing potholes in the Arfon area between 2021 and 2022 than in the Meirionnydd and Dwyfor areas.

At Arfon the cost was £288,174, while at Meirionnydd it was £223,635 and at Dwyfor it was £122,971.65.

According to the ‘What Do They Know’ website, figures showed that in Arfon between 2019 and 2020 the cost of repairing potholes was £260,201, while in 2020 – 2021 it was of £164,074, and in 2021 – 2022 it was £288,174.

In the Dwyfor area between 2019 and 2020 it was £156,047.00, while in 2020 – 2021 it was £107,569.75, and in 2021 – 2022 it was £122,971.65 .

At Meirionnydd between 2019 and 2020 it was £291,829, while in 2020 – 2021 it was £242,755, and in 2021 – 2022 it was £223,635.

Unrepaired pothole – damage to the surface of a rural road.

The 2020-2021 period showed significantly lower numbers due to the “pandemic effect”.

A ‘Mrs Harrison’ had asked Gwynedd County Council for the figures under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Among his requests, including figures for the past three calendar years, with a year-by-year breakdown, other questions included: “What was the average time between a pothole reported and filled?”

The website reports a response from the council as follows: “The average time between a pothole reported and filled in accordance with its maintenance of road assets was that the defects will be corrected or secured within 24 hours.”

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows the public access to information held by public authorities.

FOI gives anyone the right to ask any public sector organization for information it holds, including information about you under data protection law.

Gwynedd Council has been contacted for comment.

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