Nearly £70k of public money lost in pothole compensation in last three years


The sorry state of Gloucestershire’s roads has forced the Conservative County Council to pay out nearly £70,000 in compensation for damage to cars and bikes and injuries to pedestrians from 2017 to 2020.

The revelation of this waste of taxpayers’ money was accompanied by news that pothole repairs fell by approximately 25% over lockdown compared to the same time last year, despite the Government asking all councils to “accelerate works whilst roads are quieter than normal”.

Indeed, multiple councils elsewhere managed to double or even triple the number of pothole repairs made.[1]

Commenting on the variety of appalling figures, Paul Hodgkinson said:

“Over just three years Gloucestershire Conservatives have thrown away tens of thousands of pounds of public money compensating for damage or injuries due to unfixed potholes or dangerous pavements.  And now they missed the opportunity to fix more defects while the roads were empty, despite being told to do so by the Government!

“Gloucestershire deserves better than the appalling roads and wasted public money.  The Tories have had 16 years to fix this mess of their own making it’s time to say enough is enough.”

To find our more and get the roads fixed in your area, visit www.gloslibdems.org.uk/potholes to report the issue directly.

 


[1] Neighbouring Oxford City Council more than doubled year-on-year pothole repairs, while Stoke-on-Trent tripled its number of pothole repairs during lockdown.


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