By Alex Kapadia
A council chief responsible for roads suffered two burst tyres on his BMW after driving over a pothole.
However, Buckinghamshire County Council leader Councillor David Shakespeare denies the damage to his tyres influenced his decision to pump in an immediate £2.7 million to tackle potholes in Beaconsfield.
Conservative Cll Shakespeare said: “I’m quite surprised that people think I would be immune from driving through potholes.
“There are thousands of potholes left by the snow and everybody in Buckinghamshire must have driven through a dozen at least.”
He said: “Nobody goes ahead of me filling in potholes.”
However, Cllr Shakespeare said he could not understand why so many vehicle owners blame the council for potholes and claim compensation for damage to their cars.
He said: “The ice is to blame for the potholes – the council has to rush round flling them in afterwards.”
Cllr Shakespeare also insisted the decision to put in an immediate £2m to tackle the potholes was made hours before the incident.
And a move to reverse plans to slash next year’s pothole budget in half, by £678,000, was made the previous week, he said.