An extra £5.4million is being spent on pothole and pavement repairs in Barnet after the borough received the most complaints in the capital last year.

Barnet Borough Council says it has invested the cash after receiving more complaints about potholes than any other London borough in 2013.

The authority blamed the size of its road network for its placing at the top of the complaints table.

And despite the state of the borough’s roads being the number one concern for residents in a recent perception survey, the Conservative-run council insists it is doing enough to tackle the problem.

Councillor Dean Cohen, cabinet member for environment, said: “Barnet is one of the largest local authorities in the country geographically and we have a road network spanning more than 725km, including some major arterial routes.

“These figures very much reflect that, and the fact our residents are proactive in telling us where potholes are so we can get them fixed.

“In response to the residents’ perception survey, we are spending an extra £5.4m on repairs and maintenance of roads and pavements. The total spend for 2013/14 is £8.4m.”