Potholes: County council receives hundreds of compensation claims and pays out £89,000

Lincolnshire County Council has received hundreds of claims for sompensation. Photo: 0130C
Lincolnshire County Council has received hundreds of claims for sompensation. Photo: 0130C
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More than 600 drivers have made claims to Lincolnshire County Council for damage to their vehicle caused by potholes since January 2012, figures released under a Freedom of Information request show.

A total of 617 claims were made between January of last year and August of this year alleging the damage was as a result of potholes or other carriageway defects.

In its reply to the Journal the county council admitted there may have been many more claims forms requested and sent out but 617 is the total completed and returned to the authority.

As a result of the claims the council has paid out £89,919 in compensation to car owners.

The Journal asked Lincolnshire County Council how many of the claims it has accepted responsibility for. However, the authority was unable to provide that information as it would cost too much to compile.

In the FOI statement the council said: “A central record of the number of claims the council has accepted liability for is not held.

“To comply with this part of your request we would be required to review each of the 617 claims individually. We estimate that this process would exceed the 18 hour “appropriate limit” allowed to respond to FOI requests under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

“We estimate that it would take approximately three minutes to review each claim, when calculated this totals over 30 hours (or just over £770 if charged at an officer working at £25 per hour).”