Essex County Council was challenged to review its pothole policy, because if a pothole is less than 50mm deep it does not have to be repaired. The Liberal Democrats are put a motion to the Council meeting on 13th October challenging the Conservative-run authority's policy.
Lib Dem County Councillor David Kendall said:
"The time taken to repair potholes - and the size they need to be before anything is done - is a source of great anger and frustration to Essex residents. They pay millions to the County in Council Tax but suffer from a service that doesn't meet their needs. They are fed up with the damage being caused to their vehicles."
David Kendall's motion was seconded by Cllr. Stephen Robinson and they were calling for the current pothole criteria to be reviewed, with the aim of action being taken quicker and before they become so large. This review would look at the implications of changing the policy from a cost, time and resident satisfaction perspective.
The current policy says that a pothole has to be at least 50mm deep and 75mm wide before repairs are approved and even then it can be many weeks or even months before repairs happen.
This was rejected by the Conservatives.