Barnet Council received most pothole complaints in London last year

Barnet Council paid out £88,000 in compensation to drivers for pothole-related damage

Barnet Council paid out £88,000 in compensation to drivers for pothole-related damage

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Barnet Council received more complaints about potholes in 2013 than any other London borough, a new investigation has found.

The authority also paid out £88,000 in compensation to drivers for pothole-related damage – the second highest in the capital.

A freedom of information request by ITV revealed the borough’s roads were among the worst in London last year.

The condition of roads and pavements was the number one concern about Barnet residents in a recent survey by the local council.

And the authority’s latest performance data shows that 59 per cent of potholes are made safe with 48-hours, well below the target of 100 per cent.

Barnet Labour group’s envrionment spokesman, Councillor Alan Schneiderman, said: "Barnet have had year-on-year of poor performance in dealing with potholes, and despite saying they are sorting it out the data shows this is not having much effect on the ground.

“We must make sure our roads and pavements are safe for everyone and that council taxpayers' money is being spent effectively by properly monitoring, challenging and holding contractors to account for poor performance."

Haringey received the second highest number of pothole complaints, with 1,766, while Harrow and Enfield both made an appearance inside the top ten.

Newham Council spent the most on compensation with a total of £188,000 – more than the top seven boroughs combined.

The Times Series has requested a comment from Barnet Council.

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