New fig­ures show a fall in pot hole claims

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - STU­ART GREER

CLAIMS against the coun­cil for dam­age to ve­hi­cles caused by pot holes has fallen, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

Cheshire East Coun­cil re­ceived 156 com­pen­sa­tion claims dur­ing the 2015/16 mu­nic­i­pal year, com­pared to 193 the pre­vi­ous year.

There was a mas­sive drop in the num­ber of com­plaints about pot holes, down from 6,063 to 5,225 dur­ing the same pe­riod.

The data was re­vealed through a Free­dom of Act re­quest by the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB), which rep­re­sents mem­bers in Mac­cles­field and other ar­eas.

It is the third time the or­gan­i­sa­tion has per­formed the research to as­cer­tain the num­ber of com­plaints con­cern­ing pot­holes, the num­ber of le­gal claims for dam­age to mo­tor ve­hi­cles caused by them, as well as the amount of coun­cil in­vest­ment in re­pair­ing lo­cal roads. The research also re­vealed that Ch­ester Road, Poyn­ton, was the road which re­ceived the high­est num­ber of com­plaints.

FSB Re­gional Chair for Cheshire, Simon Ed­mond- son, said lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture plays a cru­cial part in eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity.

He said: “Small busi­nesses need a dense, well­main­tained road net­work to com­pete and grow. In­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment is there­fore the best way to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and con­nec­tiv­ity.

“We know our mem­bers rely heav­ily on the lo­cal road net­works to do busi­ness. Their staff, their cus­tomers, as well as trade de­liv­er­ies, all rely on fast and ef­fi­cient road net­works. Poorly main­tained in­fra­struc­ture ham­pers growth and presents a low rent im­age for in­ward in­vestors.”

The research also in­cluded neigh­bour­ing Cheshire West and Ch­ester Coun­cil, which re­vealed com­plaints in­crease from 2,380 to 3,200 and le­gal claims in­crease from 159 to 218.

Mr Ed­mond­son added: “Across Cheshire there were 8,425 com­plaints con­cern­ing pot­holes and dam­aged roads. While that’s only a small in­crease on pre­vi­ous years it’s equiv­a­lent to more than 23 com­plaints ev­ery sin­gle day. This tells a story that too many road users, and that’s not just car own­ers, will, re­gret­tably be only too fa­mil­iar with.”

Coun David Brown, cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and in­fra­struc­ture, said: “Our strat­egy for deal­ing with road de­fects aims to ap­ply the right treat­ment, at the right time, in the right lo­ca­tion.”

The num­ber of claims against Cheshire East coun­cil for pot hole dam­age to ve­hi­cles has fallen but most com­plaints were made about Ch­ester Road in Poyn­ton

Pa­tients at Lime Walk House in Mac­cles­field have shared their work with friends and fam­ily as part of the unit’s ‘Re­cov­ery Fes­ti­val’

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