The leader of Cardiff’s cab drivers has slammed the council’s slow response to repair potholes that are damaging drivers’ cars.
Chairman of the Cardiff Hackney Association, Mathab Khan, said that the number of potholes on Cardiff’s streets was “huge” and that the council departments were slow to react.
He said: “I have driven round and we’ve had so many complaints from members in Cardiff that there are potholes across the whole city.
“They are really bad at the moment, especially around the Cathays and Cyncoed areas, where they just aren’t being treated.
“I’ve complained to the council many times, but they don’t seem to be very slow to react to it.”
It follows huge problems suffered by South Wales councils last year after they faced huge bills because of potholes that peppered the road following severe winter weather.
An extra £2.75m had to be made available to councils from the Assembly Government after councils struggled with budget shortfalls following the problems.
But Mr Khan claimed that this year, a number of drivers had contacted him saying that their cars had been damaged after going over potholes.
“The problem is, if it’s at night, you can’t drive round a pothole when you can’t see it,” he said.
“We have had 106 complaints about it since the cold weather appeared, but any complaints we make take a long time to get looked at – and in the meantime they are getting bigger and bigger. It’s just not acceptable.”
Some of the worst craters that have been spotted were on Walker Road in Splott, a foot-and-a-half wide pothole outside the entrance of the UWIC campus on Cyncoed Road, Cyncoed, and Ninian Park Road in Riverside.
Conservative group leader David Walker said that the treatments that the council use are often “inadequate” and required expensive, repeated filling work.
He said: “The cost of filling the potholes is horrendous and we need to think about weighing that against the cost of resurfacing a road.
“I have called the council out to repair the same pothole in Lisvane four times in the last six to nine months – it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.”
A council spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately potholes can materialise at any time especially during the winter when poor weather conditions such as snow and rain occur.
“The council’s policy is to repair potholes that are greater than 20mm deep within 21 calendar days of the job being raised. However, if the pothole is considered dangerous the job will be issued as immediate and will be repaired the same day.”
She added that the council was trialling a new, more permanent method of repairing potholes which will inform how it repairs potholes.
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