Sheffield council branded ‘a disgrace’ over rut

Jon Ainsley who wants Sheffield Council to pay for damage sustained after he hit a pothole in the city

Jon Ainsley who wants Sheffield Council to pay for damage sustained after he hit a pothole in the city

A SHEFFIELD motorist has branded council chiefs an ‘absolute disgrace’ for refusing to pay to replace a tyre burst by a massive pothole.

The rut, around a manhole on Kingfield Road, Nether Edge, is more than a foot long and up to three inches deep.

Jon Ainsley, of Collegiate Crescent, off Ecclesall Road, said: “I know there is a big push from the council to improve the quality of our roads at the moment.

“However, in September I drove over a huge pothole on Kingfield Road, off Psalter Lane, bursting my tyre. It cost me £60 for a new one.

“I wrote to the council with photos of the area requesting compensation for my repairs.

“I have since recieved a letter from their contractor Amey stating that they would not offer anything.”

Jon, who said he hit the pothole while driving home from work in his Rover MG ZR car, added: “The decision is an absolutely disgrace when you see the size of the pothole.

“The council needs to be pushed more into helping people when property is damaged through negligence.”

But Sheffield Council said it is not liable for ‘individual cases of damage to vehicles’ from potholes if it has taken reasonable steps to ensure the road is in good repair. The authority will not reimburse Jon as a goodwill gesture.

Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “All roads in Sheffield, including this one, are inspected regularly and we hadn’t received any reports of potholes at this location until we were contacted by Mr Ainsley.

“Potholes can develop very suddenly and we often hear about them first from members of the public. We carried out repairs to the pothole in Kingsfield Road as soon as it was reported to us.

“Unfortunately, accidents like these do sometimes happen and while we will carry out repairs to the road as quickly as possible, we aren’t liable for damage to vehicles.

“The Streets Ahead project will see a huge investment to improve the condition of Sheffield’s highway network during the next five years. We also have teams working around the city to repair potholes – and our work focuses on any that might cause safety concerns.”

■ Sheffield Council is appealing for motorists to report potholes. Call 0114 273 4567, email or visit Sheffield City Council

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