Council hails highways maintenance a success with no compensation claims over potholes

Daily Echo: Councillor Asa Thorpe. Councillor Asa Thorpe.

Not a penny of Southampton taxpayers’ cash was paid out for compensation claims over potholes last year, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The drop in successful compensation claims made against the city council for damage and injuries caused by holes in the roads has been hailed as proof the state of the highways is improving.

It comes as Hampshire County Council said it had to hand over nearly £250,000 to motorists in 12 months because of problems caused by potholes – a four-fold increase in three years.

With freezing temperatures expected to continue to hit the south this week, authorities are bracing themselves for more holes appearing as ice cracks road surfaces.

Claims Hampshire County Council paid out £233,348 during the 2011/12 financial year, compared to around £111,000 in 2009/10 and just £60,000 in 2008/9.

Southampton City Council paid £113,598 for 37 claims in 2008/09 and £137,132 for 16 claims settled in 2010/11.

The Government last month announced it is giving Hampshire an extra £6.1m over the next two financial years for essential work to renew and repair roads, while Southampton will receive £479,000.

The cash is on top of existing funding for highways maintenance, and authorities will be required to publish details of what it has been spent on.

Councils say it costs an average of £45 to repair one square metre of road damaged by potholes. In 2010, Southampton City Council signed a £100m ten-year contract with the country’s largest construction firm, Balfour Beatty, to look after all highways maintenance.

Civic chiefs said the deal – the biggest it has ever signed – has led to a reduction in the number of potholes. Although it has three claims still being processed, the council didn’t pay out on any pothole-related dispute in 2012.

City roads boss Councillor Asa Thorpe urged anyone who spots a pothole to report it to Actionline on 0800 519 191. He said: “The council and its partner Balfour Beatty Living Places are working hard to reduce the number of potholes on the city’s roads. “This has not been helped by the very severe wet weather in recent months. However, in the last year, by detecting and repairing potholes to our published standards, we have been able to drastically reduce the payment of compensation to third parties.”

Hampshire’s transport chief, Councillor Mel Kendal, said: “Highways maintenance is a top priority for the county council, and we spend nearly £60m per annum on general highways maintenance.

“In the past year alone, we have strengthened a total of more than 150 miles of roads and footways, making them more resilient and better able to withstand the effects of extremes in weather conditions and ever increasing traffic, by which I mean all forms of traffic – footfall, cycling and vehicular.”

An AA spokesman said he was not surprised Hampshire had been forced to pay out more than Southampton because of the geography of the two areas.

And while he is pleased to see councils accept when they are at fault, he said he would rather see the problem solved before damage was caused.

The motoring organisation’s spokesman said: “It’s always a bit of a double-edged sword. The fact that councils cough up is a good thing because it means they’re not fighting claims, but it’s also a bad thing because it means they’ve got a problem.”

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3:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintM says...

The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court SaintM
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6:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Pull the other one Southampton City Council, I often see pot holes, sunken drains, raised drains and uneven surfaces and have to avoid them when on my bike, just before the bus lane at 6 dials heading into town is really uneven.
Pull the other one Southampton City Council, I often see pot holes, sunken drains, raised drains and uneven surfaces and have to avoid them when on my bike, just before the bus lane at 6 dials heading into town is really uneven. Ginger_cyclist
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6:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

southy says...

SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
[quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers. southy
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8:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

forest hump says...

southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
At least Maggie tried to scrape away layers of useless local government. All Labour do is pour cash into lazy, tired, workshy, scum who provide them with votes to get their useless Ar$es into Westminster. Not a gonad between them all
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]At least Maggie tried to scrape away layers of useless local government. All Labour do is pour cash into lazy, tired, workshy, scum who provide them with votes to get their useless Ar$es into Westminster. Not a gonad between them all forest hump
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12:30am Sat 19 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick! IronLady2010
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12:31am Sat 19 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

As for the Thorpe man, how many chins does he need?
As for the Thorpe man, how many chins does he need? IronLady2010
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12:58am Sat 19 Jan 13

Torchie1 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick![/p][/quote]Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century. Torchie1
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11:21am Sat 19 Jan 13

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
Yes it do like many of todays problems can be trace back the Thatcher Government and every government since is to blame by not reversing Thatchers policy.
Your the one who is totally thick, if you don't maintaine it will wear out, adding one layer every 5 to 8 years kept the waterproof bond in the tarmac, Thatcher took away the rights to councils to manage there own budget.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick![/p][/quote]Yes it do like many of todays problems can be trace back the Thatcher Government and every government since is to blame by not reversing Thatchers policy. Your the one who is totally thick, if you don't maintaine it will wear out, adding one layer every 5 to 8 years kept the waterproof bond in the tarmac, Thatcher took away the rights to councils to manage there own budget. southy
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11:27am Sat 19 Jan 13

southy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century.
Total BS from you again Torchie, the communist weather it was Socialist or Capitalist Communism was avancing at a faster place than the rest of the world, while under imperialism it was kept back to a 2 world country and had some catching up to do, it went from a 2nd world country to a super power in 1 generation, some thing that as never been seen before in the world, it had a rocket developement that was ahead of the USA, ideas that NASA now uses since the collapse of communism.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick![/p][/quote]Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century.[/p][/quote]Total BS from you again Torchie, the communist weather it was Socialist or Capitalist Communism was avancing at a faster place than the rest of the world, while under imperialism it was kept back to a 2 world country and had some catching up to do, it went from a 2nd world country to a super power in 1 generation, some thing that as never been seen before in the world, it had a rocket developement that was ahead of the USA, ideas that NASA now uses since the collapse of communism. southy
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7:24pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century.
Total BS from you again Torchie, the communist weather it was Socialist or Capitalist Communism was avancing at a faster place than the rest of the world, while under imperialism it was kept back to a 2 world country and had some catching up to do, it went from a 2nd world country to a super power in 1 generation, some thing that as never been seen before in the world, it had a rocket developement that was ahead of the USA, ideas that NASA now uses since the collapse of communism.
I appreciate that you chose to accept a low-aspiration life but the old Iron Curtain countries had no choice as they slid further behind the western world with every year of communist enslavement that passed. Don't demonstrate your stupidity even further because I'm looking at it first hand as the freed countries are desperately trying to modernise after the failed social experiment, while you read about it in out of date library books.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick![/p][/quote]Russia marched backwards for seventy years after the communists took power and Tusc would do the same judging by Southy's constant diatribes about events from the last century.[/p][/quote]Total BS from you again Torchie, the communist weather it was Socialist or Capitalist Communism was avancing at a faster place than the rest of the world, while under imperialism it was kept back to a 2 world country and had some catching up to do, it went from a 2nd world country to a super power in 1 generation, some thing that as never been seen before in the world, it had a rocket developement that was ahead of the USA, ideas that NASA now uses since the collapse of communism.[/p][/quote]I appreciate that you chose to accept a low-aspiration life but the old Iron Curtain countries had no choice as they slid further behind the western world with every year of communist enslavement that passed. Don't demonstrate your stupidity even further because I'm looking at it first hand as the freed countries are desperately trying to modernise after the failed social experiment, while you read about it in out of date library books. Torchie1
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7:52pm Sat 19 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
SaintM wrote:
The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court
The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.
Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward!

Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick!
Yes it do like many of todays problems can be trace back the Thatcher Government and every government since is to blame by not reversing Thatchers policy.
Your the one who is totally thick, if you don't maintaine it will wear out, adding one layer every 5 to 8 years kept the waterproof bond in the tarmac, Thatcher took away the rights to councils to manage there own budget.
Why do you blame thatcher for everything? We've had how many PM's since?

Your obsessive compulsive disorder is deafening!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: The roads are in a mess because of cheap materials for dosgy company taking over from previous dodgy contract. The council will not pay compensation and have just refused to pay up so everyone has to go to court[/p][/quote]The problem dates back to the 80's and Thatcher government in there quest of privatation and controlling councils budgets. before the bad days of the Thatcher government there us to be a program of resurfacing roads every 5 to 8 years, because this was stop you now have to pay out for that mores roads now insted of just putting a single layer on top they got to repair the base of the road also and the scraping away the top layers before putting down a new layers.[/p][/quote]Road issues date back to the 80's? You really are backward! Are you suggesting in nearly 30 years all the blame is Thatcher, you are either on a wind up or are totally thick![/p][/quote]Yes it do like many of todays problems can be trace back the Thatcher Government and every government since is to blame by not reversing Thatchers policy. Your the one who is totally thick, if you don't maintaine it will wear out, adding one layer every 5 to 8 years kept the waterproof bond in the tarmac, Thatcher took away the rights to councils to manage there own budget.[/p][/quote]Why do you blame thatcher for everything? We've had how many PM's since? Your obsessive compulsive disorder is deafening! IronLady2010
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