The crumbling condition of the country's local roads is one of the biggest concerns for local residents set to cast their local election votes on 3 May.


Social care is the most important problem that needs to be tackled as England prepares to go to the polls, according to a survey carried out by the AA.


However, local roads maintenance was the second most common worry, ahead of policing, housing, Brexit and education -  a clear indication of the appalling state of tarmac on rural routes.


Some 20,496 English residents were quizzed by the motoring organisation to gain a clear understanding of what changes they wanted to see made in their local constituencies.


Almost half - 48 per cent - of those polled said that health and social care was the most important issue to them.


That was closely followed by 47 per cent of votes for local roads maintenance.


In some areas of the country the diminishing condition of roads - which are riddled with potholes, have faded markings and have foliage covering signs - was at the top of their list of things that need to change.


Residents in the North West, West Midland, East Midlands, Eastern and South East all said that maintenance of roads in their area is their most important policy area above all others.


Closer scrutiny of the data showed that younger voters between the age of 18 and 24 years were the more concerned about transport and road maintenance issues (51 per cent).



1. Health and social care 48%

2. Transport and local roads maintenance (potholes, markings) 47%

3. Policing 25%

4= Housing and housing development planning 20%

4= Brexit 20%

4= Education 20%

7= Welfare and benefits including State Pension 18%

7= The economy 18%

7= Waste management (bin collections and recycling) 18%

7= Environment (noise, air pollution) 18%

11. Don't know 5%

12. Prefer not to say 4%

Source: AA survey of 20,496 people who were asked: Which local policy areas are the most important to you? Please select up to 3


The deteriorating order of local routes comes as little surprise when you consider the hash budget cuts enforced by councils in recent years.


In the current financial year, local authority spending on potholes and road maintenance has been slashed by £162million, a drop of 3.7 per cent, according to government statistics.


Department for Transport data show that road maintenance expenditure on residential streets and other minor local roads has been cut by 11 per cent.


And while the Government promised an extra £100million to help fill potholes last month following a damning report into the condition of routes, it falls well short of the 14-year £9.3billion backlog of repairs the Asphalt Industry Alliance estimated in its review.


Edmund King, AA president said the latest survey 'sends a clear message to Councillors that residents are fed up of having the roads budget slashed year after year'.


He added: 'Poor road conditions also affect health with 22 cyclists dying, and a further 368 seriously injured since 2007 where a poor or defective road surface was a factor.


'To many fixing the roads are more important than collecting the bins. With just under a month to go, residents are studying their candidates' proposals carefully and questioning what highway related promises they are making.


'But prospective candidates should be wary of making promises they cannot keep. Last year councils across England cuts highways spending by £162million, so there is even less money to go around fixing the long list of issues on our roads.'