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Oxfordshire council's £86,805 pothole payout to drivers

A council has revealed it has paid out almost £87,000 so far this year in compensation to drivers whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes.

Oxfordshire County Council paid out £86,805 to motorists between January and October, citing bad winter weather as the cause.

The bill added up to more than the total of the previous two years added together.

A council spokesman said repair work had taken place.

In 2009 it paid out £38,810, and in 2008 a total of £18,248 was paid out, information released under freedom of information laws revealed.

A spokesman for the council said: "The county council has continued with its policy to compensate only those claims for which it was found to be negligent based on highway law.

"Generally speaking a defence is available if a highway authority was not aware of the defect or could not reasonably have been expected to have carried out a repair.

"Our dedicated staff have repaired thousands of potholes in recent months and will continue to repair defects as quickly as our limited resources will allow - treating the most serious damage as a priority."

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