Shropshire

Pothole vehicle damage compensation doubles in Telford area

The amount paid by a council to drivers whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes has doubled.

Telford & Wrekin Council spent more than £27,780 on compensation in 2012/13, compared with £13,840 in the previous 12 months.

It received 154 claims in 2012/13 and paid out on 43 of these.

Members of the public reported 8,654 potholes over that period, with 7,902 being repaired. Others "will be fixed in due course", the council said.

It spent more than £288,190 on repairing potholes in 2012/13.

The largest payment following a claim was £2,951, with the smallest being £14.95.

In 2011/12 it received 103 claims, paying out on 56 of these.

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