Plaid leader calls for highways maintenance cuts to be reversed as fewer potholes are filled in


Two thousand fewer potholes were filled in during the last year as the budget for the repair work was cut, according to information obtained by Plaid Cymru.

A Freedom of Information request showed the number of pothole repairs fell from 8,327 in 2015-16 to just 6,380 in 2017-18.

At April 2018 there were a staggering 1,541 potholes waiting to be filled while the budget for potholes has fallen from £641,399 in 2016-17 to a budget of £550,000 for the current financial year.

Plaid Cymru’s leader on Caerphilly council, Colin Mann, said: “Unless the Labour-run authority reverse the £312,000 cut in the highway maintenance budget in 2018-19, it is inevitable that the waiting list for repairs will increase while there will be a corresponding fall in the number of pot-holes repaired.

“People across the county borough tell us that they are fed up with the deteriorating condition of roads and pavements. They say that council tax bills have been increased yet basic services are being reduced.

“It was only in March 2018 that the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) shone a spotlight on the condition of roads across Wales.  Plaid Cymru has highlighted the fact that Caerphilly council has money in reserves and some of it could be used to sort out the roads and pavements.

“If less money is being spent and fewer potholes are being filled, it would seem inevitable that the cost of claims for damage to vehicles will also rise in future years.”

  • Pictured at the Dyffryn Business Park is Councillor Colin Mann