County council pays £1.8m to settle single pothole claim
Somerset County Council has paid more than £1.8m to settle a compensation claim arising from an accident involving a pothole in a road.
This has emerged from a Freedom of Information request made by a local newspaper.
The council said the highest claim it had met over the past three years had been ”£1,836,000 general damages to third party following an accident involving a pothole defect”.
The lowest claim in that period was for £11.99 for damage to clothing caused by overgrown brambles that had not been maintained.
In all Somerset’s compensation claims cost it £171,425 in 2014-15, £895,716 in 2015-16 and £2,137,167 in 2016-17.
The number of successful claims in each year was, respectively, 28, 33 and 31.
Somerset said the 10 most common reasons for claiming compensation from the council were: potholes, drains and gullies, erosion of roads, pavement defects, trees, manhole covers, water escapes, kerb stones, adverse weather and other defects.
It declined to describe the circumstances of the largest claims.