Pot holes claims rise

Compo bids up nearly half

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Ni­cola Find­lay

Fig­ures have re­vealed the num­ber of pot hole com­pen­sa­tion claims to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have gone up by nearly 50 per cent in the last year.

The study by the RAC Foun­da­tion ranked the lo­cal author­ity the ninth worst in Scot­land for driv­ers whose cars have been dam­aged by pot holes.

How­ever, de­spite a 16 per cent jump in the num­ber of suc­cess­ful claims, the amount paid out by South La­nark­shire ac­tu­ally dropped.

Fig­ures show in 2015/16 the coun­cil paid out £5,917 com­pared to £ 8,740 in 2014/15.

How­ever, the num­ber of claims jumped from 158 to 233.

Mean­while, in 2014/ 15 20 per cent of claims were suc­cess­ful com­pared to 36 per cent this year.

That equated to a jump from 30 to 31 suc­cess­ful claims.

And fig­ures also show in 2013/14 there were 206 claims, 14 per cent of which were suc­cess­ful with the coun­cil pay­ing out £4,031.

Nearby Glas­gow City be­ing ranked the worst in Scot­land with 794 claims and fork­ing out £13,929.

One driver, Chris Logue, ad­mit­ted he wasn’t sur­prised by the news.

He said: “The roads in the area are poor, in par­tic­u­lar Bridge Street right through to M74 slip road past Carmyle.

“Rich­mond Park is shock­ingly bad, I buck­led an al­loy at the junc­tion at Lidl.”

The RAC Foun­da­tion said claims against UK coun­cils in the last year topped 31,000, which is one every 17 min­utes.

Driv­ers made 31,483 claims against UK coun­cils for ve­hi­cle dam­age caused by poorly main­tained roads.

The to­tal pay­out by all UK coun­cils was £1,784,238.

In Sc o t l a n d lo­cal au­thor­i­ties paid out £ 162, 674 in 2015/16 an in­crease from £98,141 the pre­vi­ous year – a mas­sive 66 per cent in­crease.

Ho w e v e r, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say they are in­creas­ing an ex­tra £12mil­lion a year un­til 2019 to their road net­work.

He a d of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Gor­don Mackay, said: “Back in 2008 we be­gan an am­bi­tious roads in­vest­ment pro­gramme which com­mit­ted an ex­tra £126m as part of a long term up­grad­ing pro­gramme.

“This fund­ing, which equates to an ex­tra £12m a year, will con­tinue un­til 2019.

“This long term ap­proach to im­prov­ing the con­di­tion of our roads has pre­vi­ously been com­mended by Au­dit Scot­land.

“In re­cent years we have seen im­prove­ment in the con­di­tion of our roads, a fact con­firmed in­de­pen­dently by the na­tional sur­vey of road con­di­tions in Scot­land which is un­der­taken an­nu­ally.

“We are not com­pla­cent though, and ap­pre­ci­ate that much work re­mains to be done par­tic­u­larly on mi­nor roads, which is why we have com­mit­ted ad­di­tional fund­ing through to 2019.”

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