ERJ staff report (BC)
Leicester, UK - A motorist whose car was damaged by a pothole near Truro, Cornwall is calling on Cornwall County Council to pay his Â£100 repair bill, reports This is Cornwall.
Retired marketing and PR executive Howard Vaughan, of Newlyn East, said the route at Fiddlers Green was a "major hazard" and he was lucky nobody was injured as a result of the incident.
He has written to Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery asking the authority to pay for a new tyre after his was shredded by the pothole.
Vaughan said: "Although [the] highways [department] filled in the potholes to this particular road in the summer it has deteriorated to such an extent that the road is now a hazard to motorists.â€
He measured the offending pothole at 1.4m long, 49cm wide and 19cm deep.
Between April and December 2012 Cornwall Council claimed to have repaired 6,000 potholes. It pointed out that recent floods had also caused Â£3m damage to its highways.
Its priority, it said, was to identify and repair potholes and damage to principal routes.
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