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More pothole payouts
1:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in New Forest News
COUNCILS in Hampshire have paid out tens of thousands of pounds in the past year as a result of pothole compensation claims.
New research shows Hampshire County Council paid out more than £70,000 for 845 compensation claims in 2012/13, making it the eighth worst area for potholes in the UK.
Britannia Rescue, which conducted the research, says the country is suffering a “pothole epidemic” after a lack of investment in road improvements and maintenance.
There was a 79 per cent increase in compensation claims across the country between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
But although the number of claims in Hampshire was a big rise from the previous year’s figure of 530, the council paid out more in 2011/12, giving out £72,111.64 in compensation.
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