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With Britain?s roads crumbling into decline 20 local councils strapped for cash have reduced the waiting list for repairs by redefining a pot hole as four cm deep! Wheel crunchers that don?t measure up no longer count!

Essex has gone deeper, deciding that anything under five centimetres is not a pothole. But like other local authorities, Essex council is struggling with cut backs of up to 10 per cent ? a reduction of £46 million!

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