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11:31am 7th November 2014

Revealed... how much potholes are costing Cornwall.

The council has forked out one and a half million pounds to fix them this year and another fourteen million for road repairs.

In that time it has had to dish out more than eleven thousand pounds in compensation to drivers.

Rachel Higgins from Looe has suffered: "My car failed its MOT two years in a row - due to pothole damage on my alloy wheels. Just caused by day to day driving over them where I live. You can't move away from them you've got to go through them because the roads are so narrow and they're full of water so you don't necessarily see them.

"Around where I live it's quite a big issue. They're just everywhere, most of them on small track roads. So you can't avoid them and by the time you've come across them it's too late, you've already hit them or you've got to drive through them daily because that's the way you go to work."

Kate Hudson from Pelynt Garage near Looe told Pirate FM she thinks not enough money is put into it: "The roads suffer especially when you've had a lot of rain and then it goes frosty, the tarmac starts to lift and the more cars that go over it the more the problem increases.

"You get a couple of cars a month come in with that sort of damage and if you share that out with all of the garages, that's my share and other garages are seeing the same, if not worse.

"It's down to the council to get it sorted. There's nothing you can do because if you go to avoid the pothole you can make problems worse by veering to oncoming traffic. Our advice is to keep your tyre pressures high. When you go down a pothole if your pressures are low it will obviously do more damage than if your correct pressures are in."

11:31am 7th November 2014

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