Pothole left my car a write-off

Andrew Kennedy with his car, damaged by a pothole in West Lavington. He has criticised Wiltshire Council for the poor state of the roads

Andrew Kennedy with his car, damaged by a pothole in West Lavington. He has criticised Wiltshire Council for the poor state of the roads

First published in News

Honda worker Andrew Kennedy found himself stranded without a car after he hit a massive pothole near his home on Saturday evening.

Mr Kennedy, 30, from Fiddington Clay, Market Lavington, was travelling at about 20mph when he hit the pothole on the B3098 close to the junction with the A360 at Dauntsey’s School in West Lavington.

He said: “There was this terrible bang and the car stopped dead. I didn’t know what had happened.

“You can’t see how bad the pothole is when you’re driving along. The wheel must have hit the sharp edge of the hole.”

But it wasn’t until Mr Kennedy had a local garage examine the Proton Satria GTi that he realised how much damage had actually been done.

As well as needing a new tyre and wheel, the car’s anti-roll bar and link had snapped, a shock absorber had popped, the bumper had been displaced, the bonnet and hinges had been damaged and the subframe had become misaligned.

Mr Kennedy said: “The damage has been estimated at £3,500 and the insurance company will probably want to write it off.

“So I have lost a car because Wiltshire Council can’t keep its roads maintained.”

Mr Kennedy has been working at Honda in Swindon for just over a year and the damage to his car meant he was unable to attend a meeting at the firm to discuss possible redundancies.

The company has announced it is to lose 800 jobs in the next few weeks.

He said: “I will probably be all right.

“Thankfully, I am not due back at work until next week, otherwise I don’t know what I would have done.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said anyone who thinks they have been left out of pocket by an incident such as this one can apply for compensation from the council. Mr Kennedy said he had contacted the council and is awaiting a response.

Dick Tonge, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the government had allocated an additional £2.4m for resurfacing in Wiltshire this year and the highways department was working hard to repair potholes left by flooding and ice.

He said: “Our staff have worked tirelessly to keep the highways clear during recent bad weather.

“The hard work will continue as we strive to repair any damage to the roads the weather has caused.

“We are doing temporary repairs now, but will do more permanent repairs once the weather improves.

“The additional funding from the Government means we can resurface more mileage, making the roads more water and ice- resistant, leading to fewer potholes in future years.”

Anyone affected by potholes should report them in the first instance to the Clarence highways hotline on 0300 232323, where advice will be given on how to claim for compensation.

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10:42am Fri 8 Feb 13

Wiltshire OAP says...

An advice given is to put your complaint on www.fixmystreet.com as this is apparently responded to more quickly than by contacting the council direct.
An advice given is to put your complaint on www.fixmystreet.com as this is apparently responded to more quickly than by contacting the council direct. Wiltshire OAP
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12:20pm Fri 8 Feb 13

muddyfox says...

This is an absolute disgrace. Sometimes I wonder if the people who work for our Councils bother to report the potholes they encounter. Surely if they did then it would add to the clamour of reports from the public to get something done about it.

I often drive through Holt toward Melksham and encounter a dreadful 'utility' pothole there on the narrow bit just before the Holt Superstore. It's difficult to avoid because of the parked cars forcing the through traffic into a very narrow strip of road. It's been progressively getting worse fr at least two weeks - surely it's not beyond Wiltshire Council to put pressure on the utility company concerned to at least get this one fixed?
This is an absolute disgrace. Sometimes I wonder if the people who work for our Councils bother to report the potholes they encounter. Surely if they did then it would add to the clamour of reports from the public to get something done about it. I often drive through Holt toward Melksham and encounter a dreadful 'utility' pothole there on the narrow bit just before the Holt Superstore. It's difficult to avoid because of the parked cars forcing the through traffic into a very narrow strip of road. It's been progressively getting worse fr at least two weeks - surely it's not beyond Wiltshire Council to put pressure on the utility company concerned to at least get this one fixed? muddyfox
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4:19pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Mystery Mike says...

Unfortunate as this is, you're taking a risk driving on Wiltshire's ragged roads with after market low-profile alloys on a car that age. I had a Clio with low profile tyres once and it was like driving with cartwheels fitted. The thing nearly shook itself to pieces. But it was French, so that might have just been a deliberate feature...
Unfortunate as this is, you're taking a risk driving on Wiltshire's ragged roads with after market low-profile alloys on a car that age. I had a Clio with low profile tyres once and it was like driving with cartwheels fitted. The thing nearly shook itself to pieces. But it was French, so that might have just been a deliberate feature... Mystery Mike
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7:05pm Fri 8 Feb 13

yoR says...

Don't moan about it, tell them where they are.

https://www.wiltshir
e.gov.uk/parkingtran
sportandstreets/high
waysreportingform.ht
m

The bad ones around us were fixed within days of being reported.
Don't moan about it, tell them where they are. https://www.wiltshir e.gov.uk/parkingtran sportandstreets/high waysreportingform.ht m The bad ones around us were fixed within days of being reported. yoR
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8:14am Mon 11 Feb 13

Doc Peters says...

I'm a bus driver in Wiltshire and BANES. The fact is that the councils don't care at all about the state of the roads. There are many hundreds of potholes that remain unfilled simply because of apathy and excuses. If the councils did care, these holes would be repaired. They care much more about politically correct nonsense and compensation payments, all paid for by our Council Tax.
I'm a bus driver in Wiltshire and BANES. The fact is that the councils don't care at all about the state of the roads. There are many hundreds of potholes that remain unfilled simply because of apathy and excuses. If the councils did care, these holes would be repaired. They care much more about politically correct nonsense and compensation payments, all paid for by our Council Tax. Doc Peters
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10:56am Mon 11 Feb 13

Wiltshire OAP says...

I suppose they can't be everywhere and it's up to us to report these problems - then it's up to them to fix them.
I suppose they can't be everywhere and it's up to us to report these problems - then it's up to them to fix them. Wiltshire OAP
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3:05pm Mon 11 Feb 13

wondering why says...

I know the location in question it's not as bad as some potholes in the locality. I'd wonder if the car was in best mechanical order or was it going a tad faster? Just wondering how £3,500 worth of damage could happen.
I know the location in question it's not as bad as some potholes in the locality. I'd wonder if the car was in best mechanical order or was it going a tad faster? Just wondering how £3,500 worth of damage could happen. wondering why
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3:35pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Phorever says...

People used to ask why I drove a 4wd.
I said 2 words.
'Langley road',
That entire road is nothing but pot holes.
People used to ask why I drove a 4wd. I said 2 words. 'Langley road', That entire road is nothing but pot holes. Phorever
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12:28pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Lady-J says...

Wondering the same 'wondering why' £3,500 worth of damage when travelling at 20mph????
Must have been a rather large pothole to snap the rollbar, pop the shock absorber and displace the bumper. So i assume the pothole would have been reported to the council prior to your unfortunate insident?
Maybe the councils budget is paying for worte off cars and there is nothing left in the pot for road repairs.
Wondering the same 'wondering why' £3,500 worth of damage when travelling at 20mph???? Must have been a rather large pothole to snap the rollbar, pop the shock absorber and displace the bumper. So i assume the pothole would have been reported to the council prior to your unfortunate insident? Maybe the councils budget is paying for worte off cars and there is nothing left in the pot for road repairs. Lady-J
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10:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Daytona2 says...

I'd second reporting road faults via www.fixmystreet.com because they monitor the performance of the councils.

Far better that they're independently monitored by a third party, so that they have no opportunity to delay or ignore problems.
I'd second reporting road faults via www.fixmystreet.com because they monitor the performance of the councils. Far better that they're independently monitored by a third party, so that they have no opportunity to delay or ignore problems. Daytona2
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