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Potholes Black Spot Creates Huge Pile of Car Debris

March 2, 2020 3:29 PM

Potholes Black Spot Creates Huge Pile of Car Debris

The Council's roads maintenance programme is in 'meltdown' That is the message coming from Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd after witnessing the massive pile of broken wheels, springs and shredded hires at just one garage in the Hope Valley.

Heather said 'I was asked by one garage owner ( Llewelyn Motors) the other day to view the pile of broken wheels, car springs and shredded tyres that he has collected over the last few weeks from cars incurring damage on the pothole scarred A488 along the Hope Valley. It has to be seen to be believed. In one period recently 5 cars were take out in one day with damage to their wheels and suspension.

"The main culprits are a number of deep potholes around the More Arms. I have reported these repeatedly and they have still not been fixed. What is particularly dangerous about these is that they are being covered by water running off the surrounding fields and you only see them at the last minute.

"On Monday 24th I reported them again and the Highways Department ordered a '24 hour repair'. On Friday 28th I checked and two lorries from the contractors, KIER, were parked on the road (not near the holes)with their crews asleep in the cab. I rang the highways department immediately. However, by Saturday they had still not been done.

"The whole system is in meltdown and KIER are not delivering an effective service for Shropshire residents and its high time that Shropshire Councils brings the service back 'In House' so that it can be effectively managed like other Councils have done.

"On a more immediate note I would like to ask what the consultant hired by Shropshire Council at a cost of £1,000 a day is doing? He has been in post for some time now and we are seeing precious few results.

"Lastly I would like to thank the garage owners Al and Ben Llewelyn for the work they are doing. They are earning virtually no money for rescuing the victims of these potholes and are doing it more as a public service."

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Notes :

1. there are similar potholes on the B4386 and A490 - also unfilled for a while.

2.House of Lords decision in Gorringe v Calderdale MBC [2004] 2 All ER 326:

· if a highway authority is in breach of its duty under HiA 1980, s 41(1) (as amended in 2003), it can be sued if damage is thereby caused

· if it is to escape liability, it must bring itself within the HiA 1980, s 58 defence, ie the authority took all reasonable care having regard to usage etc

· in addition, a highway authority may be liable at common law for damage attributable to dangers that it has introduced, or, in the case of dangers introduced by some third party, dangers that it has unreasonably failed to abate

· members of the public who drive cars on the highways of this country are entitled to expect that they will be kept properly in repair; they are entitled to complain if damage is caused by some obstruction or condition of the road or its surroundings that constitutes a public nuisance and they are entitled to complain if they suffer damage by the negligence of some other user of the highway

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