Pot holes cost Bexley Council £100,000 in compensation to drivers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 May 2018

Pot holes have cost the council thousands in compensation to drivers. Picture: PA

Pot holes have cost the council thousands in compensation to drivers. Picture: PA

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Dodgy roads in Bexley cost the council more than £100,000 last year in payouts to disgruntled drivers and cyclists.

Figures show that last year the council paid out more than double the compensation and legal costs because of pot holes and other “road defects” compared to the year before.

In 2017, £104,664 was paid out, compared to just £43,158 the year before.

The council spent a whopping £1.2m on improvements to roads and potholes in 2016, on top of the cash handed out in compensation and on legal fees.

Payments, including all costs in recent years:

2013-2014 £9,940.82

2014-2015 £56,722.65

2015-2016 £12,774.64

2016-2017 £43,158.00

2017-2018 £104,664.21

Jan 1 – May 16, 2018 £1,190.45

Since 2013, Bexley Council has paid £229,460.77 in payments and legal costs.

Government cash has been stumped up to pay for £80,000 worth of of pothole problems, contributing to a £2.6m repair bill for the past year.

In 2016-17, £1.2m was allocated on road and pothole improvements, compared to £1.3 for the year before.

A council spokesman said it was important to remember the figures relate to all carriageway defects, not just pot holes.

He said last year’s increase was due to “a payment, inclusive of solicitors costs, made on one particularly high value claim.”

And he added: “The council is responsible for 331 miles of highway and 662 miles of footway and invest significant amounts of funding in maintaining and repairing highways and footpaths every year.

“Last year the council spent over £5.6m on highways investment, which included additional investment of £1.7m.

“We would encourage our residents to report to the council any issues they have with roads and pavements by so we can respond and address defects that need repairing.”

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