Coun­cil pays out £33,000 for pot­hole dam­age

Western Daily Press - - News -

MORE than £30,000 was paid out in com­pen­sa­tion by one coun­cil in the West for dam­age caused to ve­hi­cles by pot­holes in a sin­gle year.

Devon County Coun­cil gave out £33,000 in dam­ages re­lat­ing to 89 set­tled cases from 2017. The cases came from 361 re­quests for com­pen­sa­tion by mo­torists.

The fig­ure came from a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest to the coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for around 8,000 miles of roads. Six of the suc­cess­ful claims were for dam­age caused in Shal­don, be­tween Torquay and Ex­mouth.

It comes a month after it was re­vealed other coun­cils in the West Coun­try spent al­most £100,000 on pot­hole com­pen­sa­tion set­tle­ments from 2017.

The Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced an ex­tra £72 mil­lion will be spent fix­ing the South West’s road net­work. Devon will get the most, at £19 mil­lion.

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