When is a pothole not a pothole?
Well this depends on the council who look after the roads in your area as each council has their own strict set of rules for what and how they classify a pothole as a pothole.
As an example let’s take East Cheshire Council. Their definition of a pothole is an indentation or depression in the road with raised edges, 50mm deep or more and more than 300mm on its longest side.
However, other councils have similar but see different rules as to what defines a hole in the road as a pothole.
Northampton council specify a pothole as 40mm deep, 50mm on link and trunk roads and 250mm along its longest side and other councils have similar rules. Let me know if your councils rules are much greater than those shown in this article in the comments below.
Typically if the council do not deem a hole to meet they’re strict criteria then it is not classified as a pothole and typically will not be given priority repair or even repair at all.
Some might say this is a fools folly, a small hole typically doeant stay small for very long and turns in to a big hole.
Your local council should have a mechanism for reporting pot holes on their website but remember what you may look at as a hole may not be looked as as such by your local council assessment officer.
So in answer to the question, when is a pothole, not a pothole? Well it’s not a pothole if it doesn’t meet the criteria of the person from the council assessing it according to their interpretation of the rules provided.
Leave a comment in the box below with your councils rules or stories about reporting potholes in your area.