County Council pays out nearly £18,000 of taxpayers’ money for pothole damage

Latest figures show that £17,774 has been paid in compensation to motorists in Gloucestershire for pothole-related damage over the last three years.

Liberal Democrats have expressed bitter disappointment with the Conservative controlled Council for not properly investing in the area's roads.

Councillor Chris Coleman (St Mark’s and St Peter’s) said: "A total of 1,713 unsurprisingly annoyed drivers made claims for compensation between November 2013 and November 2016. This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.

“People already have to fork out so much to drive a car; the least they should expect is that their vehicle doesn't get ruined by a bumpy road.

“Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads. Roads should be fixed quickly so compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place. The Conservatives have been responsible for roads in the county for the last 12 years It is about time they sorted out our roads for good.”

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