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Council paid out £30k in pot hole compo
11:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
MORE than £30,000 has been paid out in compensation claims over the past five years after cars and bikes in the town have been damaged by potholes.
A Warrington Guardian Freedom of Information request found the highest number of claims were recorded last year as 219 people demanded pay outs adding up to a total value of £5,728.03.
The figures could yet increase as claimants have a maximum period of three years to claim and some of the claims recorded are still open.
The Warrington Guardian reported in June this year £2.2m had been set aside by Warrington Borough Council to repair the top 25 roads in the town suffering from potholes, cracks and bumps.
The list included Heath Lane in Croft, Chester Road in Stockton Heath and Wash Lane in Latchford with a large amount of the work taking place throughout the summer.
However Broad Lane in Burtonwood, which in the last year had the highest number of compensation claims from motorists, is only on a reserve list to be resurfaced if there is enough money left.
‘Compensation culture’ has led to the number of claims more than doubling in the last five years with 81 people appealing for payouts in 2008/09 compared to 182 in 2010/11 and most recently 219 claims in the last year.
Since 2009 the council has spent a total of £4,019,687 on highway repairs.
A council spokesman said: “Following two severe winters and an extremely wet summer last year, we have seen the roads in Warrington deteriorate faster than ever before and this may result in more potential damage to vehicles.
“The council continues to tackle potholes in the borough and is currently looking at further investment opportunities to invest more in the resurfacing of the roads.”
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