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‘Tank trap’ potholes cause motorist repair headache

David Pentney points out one of the potholes on Dockings Holt, Long Sutton, that he claims has damaged his car.

David Pentney points out one of the potholes on Dockings Holt, Long Sutton, that he claims has damaged his car.

A fed-up motorist claims potholes on a Long Sutton road have left him facing an unwanted repair bill for his car.

David Pentney (47), of Sutton Bridge, said wheel tracking problems on his car were caused by driving to and from work along Dockings Holt where he branded potholes on the road as “tank traps”.

He is seeking compensation from Lincolnshire County Council for repairs that could be about £200 and he also wants county highways officials to completely resurface the road.

David said: “The first time any damage was done to my car was in August 2012 and cost me £60 to get it repaired.

“But now the tracking on all four wheels is damaged and an engineer who looked at it told me that the condition of Dockings Holt probably caused the problem.

“The road has been in a bad condition for about a year and some of the potholes are so deep, they are like tank drops.

“I’ve talked to the council about claiming for the damage done to my car and they’ve talked about filling the potholes in.

“But the whole of Dockings Holt needs resurfacing and the 20mph limit put on it by the council won’t solve the problem.”

A council report published in October showed that it paid out about £90,000 in compensation for damages caused by potholes between January 2012 and August 2013.

But Maxine Stukins, the council’s senior highways officer, said: “We have limited resources available so we have to prioritise repairing A and B road in Lincolnshire.

“But we are planning to repair Dockings Holt and it will also be surface dressed in the summer of next year.”

 

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