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£5.5million for potholes - spend it wisely plea

David Pentney, who had a �160 pay-out from the county council after his car was damaged by potholes in Dockings Holt, Long Sutton. SG041213-127TW

David Pentney, who had a �160 pay-out from the county council after his car was damaged by potholes in Dockings Holt, Long Sutton. SG041213-127TW

A driver who received a cash payout for pothole damage to his car is urging the county council to spend a near £5.5million windfall on first-time, permanent fixes.

Sutton Bridge man David Pentney (48) was given a £160 council pay-out “for the inconvenience” of having tyres and tracking damaged while driving to work along the pothole-ridden Dockings Holt, Long Sutton.

David got his cash in May following a near six-month battle to prove the damage was caused by potholes, but says the council still wouldn’t accept liability.

It was announced early on Friday that Lincolnshire will get £5,429,664 from a national £168million Government hand-out to fix local roads.

More than three million potholes are due to be repaired nationwide.

Mr Pentney says the council has filled in some of the potholes on Dockings Holt, but he expects more repairs will be needed by the end of the summer.

He said: “They don’t do the job properly. The road’s not brilliant, they have patched it up. It could do with basically a skin and resurfacing.

“It would be better to do the job properly – once.”

The Government says all repairs must be completed by March 2015 – and councils have to publish quarterly updates on their work so residents can see how many potholes or miles of resurfacing have been done.

County executive member for highways Richard Davies said: “The maintenance and quality of Lincolnshire roads is of critical importance and among the most important things we do as a council.

“That’s why we have invested heavily ourselves but also lobbied Government for additional funding to help with the backlog we face and the particular challenges of our county’s size and rural nature.

“We will ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available. 
“Getting the best out of our roads will also help boost the Lincolnshire economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

 

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