Council pays out £33,000 for pothole damage
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.