DISGRUNTLED motorists say they are fed up with the increasing number of potholes in and around Burton which are not being fixed by the council.
Pictured are some of the potholes that make up the network of notorious craters which Mail readers say are not only causing damage to their vehicles but are also damaging their pockets due to the spiraling cost of repairs.
Cassandra Fox from Stretton hit a pothole on the junction of Borough Road and Wellington Street. She told the Mail: “I’d put the car in the garage to have some work done, including four new tyres, on the Friday and picked it up on the Monday.
“I’d probably only had it back for an hour or so when I hit the pothole, which took out one of my front tyres, so having just had all four replaced I had to spend nearly £100 on having a fifth put on.”
Stuart Hill also hit the same pothole, which has led to a cast iron manhole cover being exposed. His garage informed him that the tyre was damaged beyond repair and that it would cost £138 to be replaced.
Drivers are able to claim the cost of repair back from the council, however the AA’s Head of Public Affairs Paul Watters told the Mail that motorists should not always expect to win their case.
He said: “I would suggest motorists make sure that they have lots of evidence to back up their claim. I would advise drivers to keep receipts for repairs carried out and take photographs of the pothole and the damage it caused along with a witness statement if possible. Then they will stand a much better chance of getting something back from the local authority.
“However it’s also important to make sure you report any pothole you come across and to make your local authority aware of it. If you hit a pothole that hasn’t been reported then they cannot be held liable and probably won’t accept your claim.”
He also warned drivers to take extra caution when driving through country roads which are poorly lit.
He said: “It’s the ones that are filled with water in rural areas which are particularly bad. When it’s dark you don’t see them and you don’t often realise you’ve hit them until it’s too late.”
When contacted by the Mail. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport Simon Tagg said that work was ongoing and that they were doing their best to carry out repairs.
He said: “We do work hard to keep on top of pothole repairs and focus on our main routes where there is a higher concentration of traffic.
“However the recent unprecedented wet weather has made repair work difficult and caused us delays. The road surface needs to be dry for us to make repairs and so we would ask people to bear with us.
“The county council invested an additional £500,000 last year specifically to deal with potholes across Staffordshire. This is a big task given the size of our road network and because of the recent severe wet weather.
“We aim to carry out repairs as quickly as possible and our repairs teams are out every day. We also have inspectors identifying defects in addition to responding to calls from people.”