Sep 26 2012 By Robert Mitchell
Skint North Lanarkshire Council are considering cutting back on road repairs despite forking out close to £200,000 to mend cars wrecked by the region’s pernicious potholes.
Since 2007, the council’s insurers have had to dig up £189,593 to compensate drivers whose cars have been damaged driving over potholes on North Lanarkshire’s roads.
However, those in charge of slashing council spending have proposed fixing FEWER roads in years to come in an attempt to save cash.
A council document on potential savings shows that Environmental Services believe they can save £325,000 in the year 2015-16 by dealing with “only the most urgent and most severe of repairs” on the road.
That is despite the local authority being forced to pay motorists almost £200,000 in the last five years for damage caused to their cars by potholes.
In the year 2007/08, potholes forced the council to pay out £64,927 to irate drivers whose cars had been wrecked driving through them.
That figure fell to £20,798 the following year, before rising to £38,058 in 2009/10.
The snowy weather of 2010/11 left the council having to pay drivers £55,678 for pothole-induced damage, with a further £10,130 being handed out for car repairs since April 2011.
North Lanarkshire Council blamed the winter weather for the high cost of recouping drivers whose vehicles were damaged by potholes on the region’s roads.
A spokesman said: “It is likely the severe winters of 2010 and 2011 played a part in the value of claims, especially compared with last winter which was much milder.”