Nearly 14,000 queries and complaints were made by Gloucestershire residents and businesses about potholes in the last 12 months an FOI has revealed.
The figures show that Gloucestershire County Council received 13,956 queries or complaints about potholes and road surfaces during the past 12 months – a rise of 26 per cent on the previous year.
A Freedom of Information request was made by the Federation of Small Businesses.
The FSB’s national report revealed that local authorities across the country receive a query about sorting out a road issue every 46 seconds and also showed that the South West had the fourth largest amount of issues raised of any region in the country.
Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, said: “Potholes are a major concern for the nation’s small businesses.
“Our members rely heavily on the local road network, with their staff, customers and trade deliveries, dependent on fast and efficient road networks.
“Poorly looked-after roads peppered with holes and cracks not only hamper their ability to do business, but lead to damaged vehicles, which are often vital assets to small firms often working without large capital reserves.”