Stockport Council Ask for Pothole Measurement

In a move to cut costs and improve the safety of road users, Stockport Council is asking drivers to measure the size of potholes before asking the council to fix them.

Under the new policy, Stockport Council will only take into consideration and repair potholes that are more than 1.5 inches deep or a foot wide. 

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The measures are designed to cut costs for the cash-strapped council. Introduced in July, the measures hope to cut down the council’s road repair bill.

The Council’s Highway Chief Evan Iain Roberts said the new strategy will help the council to prioritise repair measures and cut any unnecessary expenditure. Although acknowledging that the measures are a little extreme, he believes they have the best intentions at heart. 

“I think they were genuinely trying to be helpful and to organise it in the most effective way so officers can fix the most number of potholes they can,” he said.

“But we need to get the balance right."

"We don't want people to measure potholes – but if they can find a way to know something misses the criteria by a mile, and it saves the officer a visit, we'd like to do that."

Greater Manchester will see a road budget cut of up to 19% for this financial year. 

Accidents involving pot holes

When it comes to driving on the road, or even just walking along, pot holes can be incredibly dangerous. If left untreated they can quickly lead to a number of road vehicle accidents or even trips or falls to pedestrians resulting in injury.

It’s the responsibility of the council to provide all tax payers with adequate road facilities, and if you have suffered an injury at the hands of negligence such as this, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. To find out more information about how to make a claim, contact the Manners Pimblett team on 0845 077 0772. 



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