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GONE POTTY: Residents make 1,800 claims for vehicle damage due to potholes in Three Rivers

 Published on: 11th May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Chorleywood resident has resorted to reporting pothole problems to the national press as the problem continues to plague local lives.

Bob Stebbings wrote to the Daily Telegraph and sent them a photo of a particularly bad pothole at the bottom of Hillside Road.

In his letter, Bob stated: “Further to recent letters regarding potholes, here in Chorleywood, we have a 17-holer that has been regularly filled and refilled over many years – is this a record?”

Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, deputy leader of Three Rivers District Council, has also spoken out about the issue. This follows his discovery that the number of claims for vehicle damage from potholes in Hertfordshire has quadrupled since 2021, with a staggering 1,822 claims put forward last year.

Cllr Giles-Medhurst said: “Like other residents, I pay 75 per cent of my council tax to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC).

“They keep on claiming that they are fixing our roads. They even claimed they doubled the number of pothole repairs in the last year. Well, evidence on the streets, and the insurance claims, show they have failed.

“Every week, I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues are reporting literally dozens of potholes.

“Often it can take weeks if not months to get some repaired and others the council refuses to do, saying they are ‘not big enough’.

“This is so wrong. We have proposed dealing with all the potholes next to ones reported and before they get too big.”

HCC has been contacted for comment.

Photo Credit: Bob Stebbings

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