Gone to pot: Complaints about crumbling roads flood in to Stoke-on-Trent City Council
ANGRY motorists are bombarding the city council with complaints about potholes on Stoke-on-Trent's roads every 30 minutes.
Latest figures show Stoke-on-Trent City Council repaired 6,859 potholes in 2012 after receiving 8,735 complaints.
That means an average of 27 complaints are made to council call centre staff Monday to Saturday – the equivalent to at least one every half-an-hour.
The council spent £454,694 repairing potholes last year – with the average crater costing £66 to fix.
But drivers have been contacting The Sentinel with photographs of the region's crumbling roads.
One motorist is putting in a claim after hitting a pothole in Hartshill Road, Stoke, on Saturday and having to fork out £62 for a new tyre.
Problem areas include Thornley Road, in Burslem, Smithpool Road, in Fenton, and Ronald Street, Longton.
Mechanic Stephen Withington, aged 48, of Newcastle, who jointly owns Castletown Garage, in Liverpool Road, Newcastle, said: "The damage caused by potholes is getting worse and it is costing motorists because an average tyre will set them back £45. The number of potholes around Stoke-on-Trent is just getting silly."
Normacot taxi driver Mohammed Amin, aged 44, who works for Ace Private Hire, said: "The roads are terrible. We have driven in other areas where this is not a problem."
The most complaints about Stoke-on-Trent's potholes were lodged in May when 658 drivers complained, followed by 647 in December. Council staff repaired 1,901 potholes in January, 2012.
Elsewhere, Staffordshire County Council repaired 17,881 potholes in 2012 following 6,470 complaints.
Cheshire East Council received 2,000 pothole complaints in the first three weeks of this year.
Cheshire East Councillor David Topping said: "We are prioritising repairs during the remaining winter months."
Delivery driver Andrew Lloyd, of Festival Heights, has lodged a claim against the council after his Ford Focus was damaged.
The 30-year-old said: "There are potholes all over the place."
The city council declined to comment.