Council 'awarded £26k pothole damages last year'

Compensation claims made against a council on the grounds of road traffic accidents caused by potholes have led to motorists being awarded £26,000.

That is according to new figures obtained by the Staffordshire Sentinel, which have revealed that Staffordshire County Council granted this five-figure sum to claimants seeking recompense for damage to their vehicles in 2011-12.

This represents a marked decrease on the £47,931 awarded for the same reason in the previous 12-month period but still highlights the poor state of the county's roads, which has been caused by "decades of neglect" with regard to care for the surfaces, the local authority stated.

However, Mike Maryon, county councillor, said that the significant fall in compensation from year-to-year provides clear evidence that its "investment in highways is working" and pledged this downward trend will continue in the future.

"To put the figure in context, the compensation was around 0.08 per cent of all the money we spent on our roads last year," he added.

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23/05/2012 16:56