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Arnold: Residents say town’s potholes are damaging their cars

Many have shared their pothole experiences, as well as the financial ramifications.

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Arnold motorists have taken to social media to express their anger about the damage potholes are causing across the town.

After one resident uploaded an image of a pothole in the Arnold community group, many others chipped in to share their experiences, as well as the financial ramifications.

Potholes in the borough are the responsibility of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Francesca Trivigno was dropping her children at school last Monday (15), when she struck a pothole. She said: “I turned onto Kingswell Avenue just off Gedling Road to park up to take my girls to school at Arnold View when I went over the pothole at about 2mph.

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“It caused a blowout on my back left tyre and damaged both my front suspension wishbone arms that need replacing. My back tyre was only nine months old and I had suspension wishbone arms replaced just over a year ago!

“I want some sort of compensation back for the repairs. I pay road tax, council tax and insurance for the roads just to be in a state all the time.”

The government allocated another £200m to potholes in their spring budget, which will be distributed among local authorities responsible for highways. Of this £200m, Nottinghamshire will receive just over £3.3m.

Stacy Sharp has also fallen victim to pothole damage, which caused a snapped passenger side spring on her partner’s van. She said: “It happened in Jenned Road, Arnold. It’s going to cost £150 plus VAT.

“The council expect people to pay out for repairs in the crisis when we can barely afford food, but we need transport for work so have no choice.”

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In March of this year, the LGA reported that the government spent 31 times more per mile on maintaining motorways and A roads last year than they did on funding councils to repair local roads.

A highways manager from Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Two potholes on Jenned Road have been inspected and will be repaired. We have no reports of potholes on Kingswell Avenue but are aware of some on Gedling Road at it junction with Kingswell Avenue.

“We have invested significantly in improving the condition of our roads in Nottinghamshire and have moved towards a ‘right first time’ approach with a focus on large scale road surface repairs, following our Highways Services Review.

“In 2022, we completed over 332,000m2 of quality resurfacing across Nottinghamshire, which equates to approximately 41 miles of road receiving high-quality, long-lasting surfacing repairs. Whilst we have made significant progress, with almost 3000 miles of road to maintain, we cannot repair all the County’s roads immediately.

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  1. Don’t Gedlng councilor Drive there cars.around are they blind as well as Deaf.every road you Drive on as pothole.as they have a lots of Cowboy not doing there Job

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