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£500k Northern Ireland pothole bill - what's it like where you are?

The Northern Ireland taxpayer paid out almost half a million pounds in compensation for damage caused by potholes - and we want to know what it's like where you are.

Figures released to the BBC under freedom of information show that between January 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017, 1,935 claims for vehicle damage was made totalling £495,358.04.

It also revealed almost 80,000 road defects were recorded in 2017 on over 16,000 different locations.

The latest revelations come after the Belfast Telegraph last month found close to £440,000 was paid out between between April 2015 and August 2017.

During that period, the department repaired 193,721 surface defects, at a cost of more than £24m.

The district that saw the most repairs was Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, with 30,230 repairs in the period.

The latest findings reported by the BBC show the road with the largest number of defects was recorded on the  Summerhill/Cherry Road Dunmurry (Creightons Road to Upper Dunmurry Lane) in west Belfast. Roads in Warrenpoint and Magheraflet were also found to be treacherous for driving given their deteriorating state.

The Department for Infrastructure said public safety was a priority despite its challenging budgetary situation but has delivered a significant programme of repair work to meet those safety requirements.

But we want to know what it's like where you are?

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