Potholes fixed 

Potholes fixed per district/city/borough in August are as listed below:

When considering these numbers, remember that there are many more miles of road in Uttlesford than in Harlow, for example, and the balance of types of road (main, secondary, and local) are different too, so a direct comparison is misleading. Pavement (what engineers call footways) defects fixed in August are in the fourth column.

District County Routes Local Roads  Pavement Defects 
BASILDON 67  59  33
BRAINTREE 45  78  4
BRENTWOOD 63  14  51
CASTLE POINT 59  55  10
CHELMSFORD 33  58  25
COLCHESTER 46  86  16
EPPING FOREST 181  150  33
HARLOW 75  57  5
MALDON 25  25  26
ROCHFORD 11  64  7
TENDRING 47  42  40
UTTLESFORD 22  118  4



A pothole is a hole in the road that is deeper than 50mm and wider than 75mm in any horizontal direction. They are usually formed during the winter months as a direct result of snow, ice and prolonged periods of rain and occur where an area of the road's surface has broken up and fallen out.


Prioritising potholes

We carry out regular inspections of the roads but also rely on the public reporting potholes to us. We inspect all reported potholes and risk assess them to prioritise their repair. They will either be classed as urgent or will be put into a planned programme of works to ensure they are repaired as efficiently as possible. The assessment will take into account many issues including the location of the pothole in the road and the type of vehicle that uses the road such as cars, motorbikes or pedal bikes.


Programmed repairs

The vast majority of reported potholes are not assessed as urgent and are put into a programme of work. Following the risk assessment, the pothole will be categorised from Priority 1 (P1) to Priority 4 (P4). The timescale for the repair depends on the risk assessment and which type of road the pothole is on – County Routes (A, B and some C roads) and Local Roads (majority of C and unclassified roads). View the map at the bottom of this page.  County Routes are shown in red and blue on the map.

The table below shows the different classifications of potholes and the response time. 



Priority 1 (P1)

Priority 2 (P2)

Priority 3 (P3)

Priority 4 (P4)

County Route

Response Time

2 hours*

2 working days*

Up to 28
calendar days

Defect to be considered for repair as part of the planned maintenance programme

Local Road

Response Time

2 hours*

5 working days*

Repair will be undertaken with a non-specified timescale

Defect to be considered for repair as part of the planned maintenance programme

*Where a P1 or P2 defect has initially been made safe but requires further treatment to make a permanent repair, this will be undertaken within 5 working days of the first repair.


How do I report a pothole?

We are committed to delivering frontline services and putting customers first. If you are concerned about a pothole you can report a pothole to us online. 

Whilst we have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the majority of roads in Essex, including pavements, we are not responsible for:


  • Private roads - these are the responsibility of residents of each private road
  • A12; A120; M11 and M25 - these are the responsibility of the Highways England, please call 0300 123 5000
  • A130 between the A12 and A127 - this is the responsibility of County Route. Please call 0845 351 1130
  • The roads within the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.