Poor road conditions but no payout as not dangerous!!
11 Jul 2009
I hit a pothole on my way to work on a dark morning that badly bent and damaged my two nearside alloys. I could not stop for an instant photo as it was dark and this particular road is quite busy. I went back the next day to take a picture in the daylight but the pot hole had been filled (badly I must add as it has already begun sinking again) so I took the picture anyway as it was definitely this pothole caused the damage. I then wrote my letter to the council highways with the picture of the pothole and the damage done to both of my alloys. The front alloy has managed to keep inflated but the rear was so badly damaged it was no longer usable and I had to replace with an old alloy until I could afford to buy new or be paid out on my claim. After a long wait I got the report back and the cover letter saying that the council are not willing to pay for my damage. When I read the report they had surveyed the the road recently and the report claimed the road was in poor condition. Poor but not dangerous until the pothole appeared they then claim they filled the hole within the allotted time frame of it being reported this meant my claim was not viable as they had done what they say is enough. When I got a quote from my local garage for the work to be carried out to fix the damage he said he had heard of others that had been damaged on the same pothole. I then with all of my information on poor road condition and no payout phoned the lady in charge of the case who basically said poor conditions do not mean you get paid out for. I don't understand what I pay my road tax for if the roads I drive on are in poor condition but that doesn't mean they are in the pipeline to be fixed into good standard roads. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME FIGHT AGAINST THESE POOR STANDARDS AND HAVE A VICTORY FOR THE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WHEN I NOW FIND OUT THERE IS ABOUT £65 MILLION PUT ASIDE FOR SUCH PROBLEMS !!!
Mill Rd, Fordham, Essex CO6 3, UK
That sounds like you've got the standard denial letter there. Don't give up - have a look at our "How To Claim" section and see if you can use the Freedom of Information act to gather evidence in your favour.
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