THE amount Hillingdon Council is to spend on repairing potholes has rocketed - from £730,000 to £2.4million.
The figure increased after borough-wide road surveys showed that far more investment would be needed for the roads to be returned to prime condition.
Much of the damage to roads was caused during the 'big freeze' in January, prompting the council to assess all known problem areas.
Lib-Dem councillor Jill Rhodes (Hillingdon East) told a council meeting last Thursday that her car had been damaged by potholes.
She said: "The state of our roads is really utterly appaling. Everybody is up in arms.
"On Breakspear Road on Wednesday I went into a pothole and did two tyres in, and now my car has had to be fixed. I have had to get taxis everywhere."
Keith Burrows, Conservative cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: "These potholes follow the worst winter for 30 years, and I get regular reports about them. We know where they are, and we are rapidly repairing them."
Two contractors are currently carrying out roadworks in the borough. Mr Burrows pointed out that, with virtually every local authority across the country looking to make similar repairs, contractors were in demand.
Mary Worrall, the council's head of highways and green spaces, said the work was expected to be completed by the end of June.
"Potholes were identified by highways inspectors during a borough-wide road survey and these, along with resident requests, have been prioritised.
"While the roads to be targeted have already been identified, we ask residents who know of roads or pavements where there are problems to get in touch and report them so we can add them to our list for future repairs."
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