Council using extreme weather in 2009 / 10 as an excuse not to pay out.
09 Nov 2010
An extremely large pothole resulted in £175 damage to my car.
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It's the same defence that my council are using against my claim. But, 37 days between the first report of the pothole and my incident, maybe the court will see sense that it's reasonalble for them to have fixed within those timescales. rnThe other point I wanted to raise is that there are materials (Colas Coldpatch and RonaRoad GreenPatch to name 2) which claim to be able to make repairs in such conditions....afterall, what happens in the Nordics or Scotland?
I use this site as a starting point if I'm looking for weather data that I don't have to pay for;rnhttp://www.weatherstations.co.uk/aws_map.htmrnIf you are lucky, you will a weather station with historic data close to where you are looking.rnrnA road can be repaired at any temperature. However, the point they are probably trying to make is that pothole repairs in wet/cold conditions are generally a waste of time and money. The material used to fill the pothole will not bond to the existing road material, and if temperatures drop below zero, the water in the road will freeze and expand, which usually causes the new material to blow out (called 'spalling').rnrnThe winter of 2009/10 was the UK's coldest and worst winter for 30 years, so looking through weather data for a few dry days in January might not be your best course of action, as all this means is that they had hundreds and hundreds of potholes to fill in those days.rnrnWe don't know yet if the argument that last years winter caused huge delays in pothole filling is going to be accepted as a defence to claims. My own humble opinion is that it will be accepted, but what do I know......
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