Pothole complaints at nearly 3,900

Nearly 3,900 complaints were made to Derbyshire County Council about potholes - in the space of three months.

Winter weather resulted in thousands of the dangerous craters emerging on routes across the county.

Derbyshire County Council said it had received a total of 3,881 complaints about the problem between last October and December - which was a drop of 207 compared to the same period in 2012.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “These figures include potholes reported to us by the public and reported by our highways inspectors. All the reported potholes have been repaired.

“We inspect all roads regularly – how often they are inspected depends on whether they are a main road, through road or a residential access road. Potholes are more likely in the winter because of the weather conditions. If anyone knows of a pothole that hasn’t been mended, report it to us online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/reportit.”

The Government has provided more than £3bn to authorities across England to help tackle potholes.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Government is serious about tackling potholes. They pose a serious problem.”

It is estimated Britain’s pothole-ridden roads cost motorists £730m a year in repairs.