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Cornwall's Pothole Pay-Outs are Revealed

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3:09pm 10th October 2013
(Updated 3:09pm 10th October 2013)

It has been revealed that almost 400 Cornish drivers have had compensation because of pothole damage.

The Council has paid out more than £36 thousand to fix cars in the last two years.

Last year, inspectors found more than 10 thousand cracks and craters across the Duchy.

Vanessa Chance works for a breakdown company and said: "A pothole is formed when water gets below the asphalt and loosens it then freezes in the winter and therefore the asphalt comes off and then we have a pothole. Some of the last two winters have been so severe that our councils simply can't keep up with repairing all of the roads.

"The main things are tyre damage, suspension damage and even wheel-rim damage which is quite expensive to repair. Drivers tell us that they spend around 140 pounds on average fixing these problems, so there's quite a cost involved as well."

DB Autos Ltd in Saltash has told Pirate FM that it repairs at least five cars a week that have suffered pothole damage.

Spokesman Dale Brett said: "As a motorcyclist myself, it's more apparent when you're riding a bike - you have to avoid them holes. The front wheel's gone in to a pothole and you've thought, 'God am I going to come out of this alright' and they need to be fixed and they're always on the bends where the traffic's most prominent."

3:09pm 10th October 2013

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