Bolton Council paid £23,000 in pothole damage claims this year

The Bolton News: Pothole compensation paid out to drivers stands at £23,000 so far this year Pothole compensation paid out to drivers stands at £23,000 so far this year

POTHOLE compensation paid out to drivers in Bolton stands at £23,000 so far this year.

Bolton Council is on track to match last year’s £25,000 figure — despite a 50 per cent cut in highway funding.

Figures for the insurance year 2011 — which ran from February 1 to January 31 — showed the council paid out about £42,000.

Last year, insurance claims were about £28,000.

The authority said it was too soon to know how many of this year’s claims will be rejected, and that the figures do not include legal costs and fees.

Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for the environment, said the council had fought more aggressively against claims in recent years but said central Government cuts to road funding had an impact.

He said: “The compensation bill has dropped in the last few years because the council is more robustly defending against claims.

“It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen over the next few months but I think it’ll be about the same as last year.

“Highways funding has been hit by 50 per cent with planned maintenance falling as a result.

“So to keep to about the same level of claims is quite good.”

In February, the council announced it was to spend £5 million Bolton’s worst roads and potholes.

And in October, the council secured an extra £1 million from the Government to fund two major road improvements in Tonge Moor Road, and Bradford Street, Farnworth.

In the financial year between April 2012 and April 2013 the council spent £4 million of capital funding repairing the roads and £5.8 million this financial year.

A council spokesperson said: “As most claims are received in the winter months, we expect to pay out a similar amount to last year.

“The deteriorating state of the roads undoubtedly has had an effect on the number of claims.”

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12:48pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

I know this may sound counterproductive but more people should be claiming.

The attitude, and I know this first hand, is that it is cheaper to pay out a claim than repair the potholes.
I know this may sound counterproductive but more people should be claiming. The attitude, and I know this first hand, is that it is cheaper to pay out a claim than repair the potholes. Beyond News Forum

12:50pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

And another thing... when are councils going to learn that there is much harder wearing and better road surface materials than thin layers of crap quality tarmac?
And another thing... when are councils going to learn that there is much harder wearing and better road surface materials than thin layers of crap quality tarmac? Beyond News Forum

12:58pm Fri 27 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
And another thing... when are councils going to learn that there is much harder wearing and better road surface materials than thin layers of crap quality tarmac?
Bolton Council - does it on the cheap, again, and it means it costs much much much more in the long term thatn what it should!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: And another thing... when are councils going to learn that there is much harder wearing and better road surface materials than thin layers of crap quality tarmac?[/p][/quote]Bolton Council - does it on the cheap, again, and it means it costs much much much more in the long term thatn what it should!!!! The Righteous One

11:23pm Fri 27 Dec 13

pstuart says...

"Robustly defending against claims".

If this is true then there must be a massive cost, for the 'suits', over and above the compensation bill.
"Robustly defending against claims". If this is true then there must be a massive cost, for the 'suits', over and above the compensation bill. pstuart

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