A pothole in Paget Place. Penarth

A pothole in Paget Place. Penarth

Compensation payments paid out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to injuries and damage caused by potholes across the county has rocketed according to the latest figures.

A Freedom of Information request has shown that in 2015, the Vale Council paid out nearly £250,00o  in compensation payments, up from just under £200,000 in 2014. There has been a 29% increase in such payments by the council since 2012.

Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

Penarth AM and Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies

Penarth’s AM (South Wales Central) and leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, says “The state of local roads in the Vale of Glamorgan are a matter of real concern for local motorists and this issue is raised time and time again with me, remaining a source of great irritation to many road users.

“Sadly, this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg with the true damage caused by potholes likely to be far higher, with many drivers deciding to not go through the rigmarole of contacting the local authority.”

Davies says “Local residents will rightly look at the sharp increase in these figures since 2012 and recognise that if this money had been invested on roads maintenance we could have avoided paying out such significant amounts of taxpayers cash in compensation. It is imperative the local authority moves quickly and efficiently when potholes are reported by members of the general public, which is sadly not always the case.”


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  1. Andrew Worsley says:

    The pothole situation in Penarth is terrible and is a blot on the town especially now in the tourist season , this and the litter problems does not do the towns reputation any good at all . Just for my and other contributors information , I do remember years where I was brought up that , the roads used to be sprayed with a layer of tar and pebbles were then laid over the wet tar and this was then followed up by a Road Roller that pressed all the pebbles into the tar. Why is it we do not have the pebbled roads anymore or have they never had them in this town????.

    • Tim Hughes says:

      Tar and gritting was often undertaken in March to use up what, if any, money was left in the highway maintenance budget.

    • Andrew Davies says:

      In the 1960s, the roads were resurfaced with gravel and tar. Unfortunately, the tar would often melt in the summer heat, and get carried into people’s houses on the soles of their shoes. I believe the composition of the surfacing material is different nowadays, so it is less likely to melt in the sun. The problems with potholes were initially caused by cold temperatures and ice formation during the wintry snap 18 months ago, and these problems have yet to be addressed.

  2. AK says:

    They don’t care – it’s not their money they are shelling out.

  3. Anne says:

    Time they sorted out Penarth Roads which are a disgrace. The Vale council only considers a pothole is a pothole if it is 40mm deep. The repairs are more often than not is very bad making the roads nearly as dangerous and bumpy.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Agreed. The roads are a disgrace. Why spend money painting cycle lanes on broken tarmac. Dangerous for all concerned

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    So no answer to my question so far???

  5. Paul says:

    Having pushed a pram around penarth for the first time this week I’ll add that the pavements are quite shocking as well. I bet there are quite a few trips and falls each day. It’s pretty awful and given wheelchair users would also struggle with the uneven surfaces and lack of dropped curbs I’m amazed that there aren’t more complaints.

  6. Mark G says:

    As Andrew said, When we were kids the roads were tarred and gritted on a rotation. We used to sit on the kerb and play with the wet tar with sticks, only to get in to trouble when we got home ‘cos the tar wouldn’t come off.
    It did have a practical use though, The tar sealed the road surface from an ingress of water in the winter, which during times of deep frost would stop the road surface from being blown, just like the foil caps on the milk bottles on the doorstep.
    Stopping the tar and gritting was a short term saving on council outlay, which has now come back and bitten them on the arse.

  7. Taffy says:

    Trip hazards too. I trip on a three inch loose paver. Damaged my knee,had a operation but still in pain. My request for compensation was rejected out of hand I was left to pay the bill!! Do they care???

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