Essex County Council pays out £1.2m for pothole damage
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats
Essex County Council has spent £1,234,180 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Nationally a total of £12 million has been paid out over the last four years across the country, with an average payment per person of £650.
The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) said: "This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.
"Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.
"This is a symptom of the short-termism taken to infrastructure investment by our Conservative-run Council and Government.
"Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place."
Cllr Robinson was interviewed on BBC Essex. Listen here (fast forward to 2h 08m 50s): www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04lt21n