Council pays pots of money for pothole compensation claims

POTHOLES have been a major cause for compensation claims after winter’s frost did its work.

More than 230 have been made, costing Angus Council nearly £6,000 to those with proof that their vehicles have been damaged by the holes that are scattered around the county’s roads.

Out of the 237 claims made, 14 motorists have been paid for their troubles in the past two years.

However, nearly 100 remain outstanding, which could result in a significant increase in compensation paid as the authority reviews each claim.

The majority of the complaints were made from 2009 to 2010, with £5,500 being paid to 12 drivers. Last year, two people made successful claims, and £339 was paid out.

The campaign director of Taxpayers Alliance, Emma Boon, is reported as saying that if the council maintained the roads properly, then fewer claims would be made, saving them time, and the taxpayers money.

Angus Council’s director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson said: “The new Road Condition Index indicates that the road network in Angus has shown a slight decline similar to the Scottish average.

“The Angus RCI is red five per cent (road has deteriorated to the point at which repairs to prolong future life should be considered) and amber 24.4 per cent (road condition indicates that further investigation is needed to establish if remedial treatment is needed).”

However, 70 per cent of the roads are in a satisfactory condition, surpassing the national average of 63 per cent, which nets Angus roads the title of fifth best in Scotland.

From the start of the year, Angus Council has repaired over 2,600 potholes and is continuing its efforts to get rid of the rest soon, suggesting that the county’s good reputation for its infrastructure is well deserved.