LCC Pot Hole Scandal

It came to my attention that Lincolnshire County Council are paying out regular amounts of compensation to motorists whose cars have been damaged by pot holes. Under the Freedom of Information Act I requested “any information held with regards payments made to motorists for damage to vehicles caused by pot holes?

This to include:

  1. Number of vehicles damaged by pot holes for each of the past six years and
  2. The total amount paid to all motorists for each of the past six years.”

Response from Lincolnshire County Council’s Environment and Economy Directorate

2008/09 POTHOLE 224 46,246.70
2009/10 POTHOLE 326 59,560.88
2010/11 POTHOLE 755 145,931.74
2011/12 POTHOLE 353 88,826.01
2012/13 POTHOLE 1157 187,584.50
2013/14 POTHOLE 894 103,844.64

This is 3,709 accidents caused by LCC failing to fulfil their legal duty. This is over 600 accidents per year or 50 per month.

Are LCC waiting for motorists, their passengers or pedestrians to be killed before they conduct themselves in an appropriate manner?

Complaint To Lincolnshire County Council

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: Legal Services ; Richard Wills ; ; Andy Strangeway

Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 7:11 AM

Subject: LCC Pot Hole Scandal

Dear Sirs,

Could I please refer you to

I would like to register a complaint against LCC for causing over 600 accidents per year.

Could you please inform me when LCC intend to fulfil their legal requirement to prevent these accidents or do we need to wait for people to be killed before action is taken?

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham

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