North London good for potholes, bad for litter - AA survey
By LiseS | Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:15
A survey conducted by the AA using
the observations of 1,912 of its members has found that North London
has the second fewest potholes in the UK. The happy results found that
postcodes in North London ranked second behind only West London for
potholes 6" or more in diameter counted by volunteers.
were one of the concerns most frequently raised by road users across
the UK - and with good reason, as unpatched potholes can cause damage
to a car's tyres, axles or suspension. Repairs to vehicles damaged by
potholes is estimated to cost £2.8billion in the UK every year
according to potholes.co.uk.
90% of the AA responsdents rated potholes in their top 5 lists of
concerns, with over 50% rating potholes their most serious worry on the
The survey looked at a range of issues, from
roadmarks, uneven footpaths and unpatched utility trenches to litter,
dog fouling and overgrown hedges. Londoners can feel pleased that their
region appears to be top of the charts for pothole repairs, but uneven
pathways and litter are bigger problems for our locality, with London
North West being named in the top three worst offenders in each
Survey respondents also reported a variety of
other concerning street issues, including flooding, low-hanging trees,
unevenly-sized speed humps, dangerous parking and unregistered skips.
AA president Edmund King says, "We shall share the
results with local highway authorities to support our campaign for more
investment in local streets and paths – neglect of these areas has a
significant impact on how people feel about where they live. The surveys will also
provide a regular benchmark of community issues in the light of local
authority budget cut backs."
The next AA Streetwatch week will take place in April, and all AA members will be invited to take part.
Image: Alan Stanton