Region’s streets are ‘the worst’

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THE North East has the worst streets in the country, according to new research.

The survey was carried out by 1,912 AA members this autumn.

They recorded the frequency of 12 categories of street blight within two miles of their homes.

These covered potholes, road repairs, damaged kerbs, inspection covers, road works, uneven payments, blocked drains, badly parked vehicles, litter, dog mess, bad signs and worn road markings.

The most serious problem was considered to be potholes, while the most reported “bad street item” was litter.

Overall, Welsh streets were the best and North East ones were the worst.

AA president Edmund King said: “Our street survey is perhaps an example of the Big Society in action. We shall share the results with local highway authorities to support our campaign for more investment in local streets and paths.”

Regional and Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "We know how important it is that local roads are well maintained. That is why, despite the need to make in-year budget reductions, we have protected day-to-day funding for local road maintenance this year.”