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’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.”