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£70,000 paid out over pothole damage

Posted in: Pothole Injuries Public Place Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 

Suffolk County Council has been forced to pay out £70,000 to pothole damage claimants over the last two years. This data was released following a Freedom of Information request, which showed that the council had received 173 for the financial year 2012/13 and 353 last year.  Of these claims, 24 were successful in 2012/13, and 54 were successful last year.

Despite this rise, the amount paid by the council has dramatically decreased, with £56,576 paid out in 2012/13, compared to only £12,302 last year.  A spokeswoman from the council said that the decrease stemmed from improvements that were made to the inspection schedule and standards for intervention and repair.  She said: “Dangerous road defects are prioritised and dealt with immediately.

£3million for improvements and repairs

According to the data released under the information request, the highest payout went to a claimant in October 2012. They received £20,428.  The second largest amount was £15,199 following a pothole-related incident at a pub in Needham Market in July 2012.

It was announced earlier this year that Suffolk County Council now has access to £3million to make improvements and repairs to the county’s road network. These funds were made available specifically for pothole repairs.

A spokesman for the AA said: “With the good summer weather we would be very disappointed if those claims got to those levels again in the future.

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