The amount of money Norfolk County Council spends on repairing potholes has been revealed in a new study.

A recent investigation highlighted Norfolk as one of the councils to fork out the most for repair work out of all the counties in the UK, spending a total of £5.7 million in the last three years. 

A freedom of information (FOI) request found that the council spent £2,218,611 on pothole repair in 2021, followed by £1,424,918 in 2022 and £1,900,091 last year. 

Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk County Council forked out £1,900,091 for pothole repairs last yearNorfolk County Council forked out £1,900,091 for pothole repairs last year (Image: Newsquest)

But south of the border, Suffolk County Council's highways department spent £10.5 million on repairs in the 2022 and 2023 financial year.

The previous year, £9.3 million was spent.

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A council spokeswoman was keen to emphasise that this expenditure could not be used as a direct comparison because other authorities "record costs in different ways".  

Councillor Graham Plant, Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for highways, said: "We have a responsibility for over 6,000 miles and with such an extensive network of rural roads, high usage and bad weather, it is an inevitability that they will occur."

Eastern Daily Press: Graham Plant said potholes were an inevitabilityGraham Plant said potholes were an inevitability (Image: Norfolk County Council)

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The FOI request - led by personal injury firm LegalExpert - also discovered that Norfolk Council has paid out a total of £57,351 in compensation relating to damage specifically caused by potholes since January 2022.

The automotive company RAC said it attended a seven-year-high of pothole-related breakdowns in 2023. 

This year alone has seen 83 potholes reported to the council.

Mr Plant added: "Where we receive claims for compensation as a result of incidents involving potholes we look at every claim on its merits and if we have met our responsibilities we will certainly defend a claim to protect the interests of Norfolk council taxpayers."