Pothole could have been a nasty surprise for bikers
THIS pothole was opposite the Cenotaph and was one of hundreds of holes around the town that could have serious consequences for a cyclist or motorcyclist.
As it was, I hit this large hole which blew out my tyre. As a consequence I was late for an appointment, had to replace the tyre and have the wheel alignment checked.
I reported the incident to the proper authorities the following morning and the hole was repaired the next day as it was deemed dangerous.
When I submitted a claim for the damage to my vehicle I was informed that someone from the council had checked the whole of Bargate 20 days previous to my incident so they were not responsible for the disrepair of the road.
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I think this is totally unjust and the council are just using bully boy tactics to avoid paying out on claims.
I think we pay enough for road tax and fuel without having to pay for damage caused by council neglect.
R Carrick, Longfield Road, Grimsby.
Jason Longhurst, head of development, said: "North East Lincolnshire Council has a statutory duty to maintain the highways for which it is responsible. "However this does not mean that the council can be liable for all claims arising from the condition of these highways. We have to ensure that we have taken reasonable care to ensure that such a highway is not dangerous. In order to comply with this duty we carry out an inspection and repair programme, in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Highway Management.
"Whilst we are always sorry to hear of any incident involving the public, in this particular instance, the highway authority had complied fully with its statutory obligations to maintain the highway and the claim was rejected. Whilst this claim was dismissed we encourage the public to contact us with any further issues."
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