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St Newlyn east motorist asks Cornwall Council to pay repair bill after car damaged by pothole

By WBBev  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

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St Newlyn east motorist asks Cornwall Council to pay repair bill after car damaged by pothole

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A MOTORIST whose car was damaged while driving through a pothole near Truro is calling on Cornwall Council to pay his £100 repair bill. Pensioner, Howard Vaughan, of St Newlyn East, was driving through Fiddlers Green last week when his car tyre was badly damaged.

The former marketing and PR executive said the route was a "major hazard" and that he was lucky nobody was injured as a result of the incident. He has written to Cornwall Council's chief executive, Kevin Lavery, asking the authority to pay for a new tyre after his was shredded by the pothole.

Mr Vaughan said: "Although highways filled in the pot holes to this particular road in the summer it has deteriorated to such an extent that the road is now a hazard to motorists. I know that conditions vary due to the prolonged wet conditions, but I did not expect to experience a potentially dangerous incident."

While driving along the road, he added: "We suddenly felt this tremendous bump, followed by a grinding noise.  Although modern cars are designed to cope with blow outs, the car veered violently to the right. I realised something was wrong and stopped to inspect the front of the car. The near side tyre was completely shredded around the rim of the wheel."

Having returned to the scene Mr Vaughan measured the offending pothole which was 1.4 meters (4ft.7ins) long, 49cm (1ft 7ins) wide and 19cm (7 ½ ins) deep. As you see in the photograph, the sides of the hole are not only deep but have  jagged edges. It's not as if my tyres were worn, as the car has only done just over 9,500 miles."

Between April and December last year Cornwall Council repaired 6,000 potholes. Recent floods also caused £3million damage to highways. Its priority, it said, was to identify and repair potholes and damage to the county's principal routes. However, its recent capital allocation of £4.8m from the Department for Transport for Cornwall was to improve the highway network and not for day-to-day maintenance, including repairs to potholes.

Mr Vaughan said its priorities should be to keep the whole road network in good shape, adding: "I pay my road tax along with millions of motorists, the budget is massive. Blaming bad weather is an excuse the roads are not fit for purpose. There's an old saying -they should save for a rainy day."

Cornwall Council said people can report potholes via its website or by calling 0300 1234 222.

Anyone who has sustained damage to their vehicle and consider that the council has failed to maintain the highway road surface, can make a compensation claim by contacting Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 100 or by visiting www.cornwall.gov.uk

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  • terry_g  |  January 09 2013, 7:09PM

    Sound like Ripsilver must work for Cornwall Council. Councils are obliged by law to maintain roads in a safe and usable condition, however as we all know they also make their own laws, so unfortunately for Mr Vaughn I don't think he has a snowballs---. I have tried with a similar case and had no chance at all.

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  • Ripsilver  |  January 08 2013, 12:18PM

    Quote - "Mr Vaughan said its priorities should be to keep the whole road network in good shape, adding: "I pay my road tax along with millions of motorists, the budget is massive." No, you don't pay road tax - you pay car tax. "Road tax doesn't exist. It's car tax, a tax on cars and other vehicles, not a tax on roads or a fee to use them. Motorists do not pay directly for the roads. Roads are paid for via general and local taxation." See the website Ipayroadtax.com to improve your knowledge on the subject. And I think you'll find the Council's priority is to keep the road network in good shape but, only so much can be done with the reduced funding provided by the Government. As a former Marketing & PR Exec, I'm sure Mr Vaughn can afford the repair bill. Put it down to experience, leave that compensation for someone on a poor income who can't afford a similar repair and move on rather than making a story out of it in the local press.

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