A furioius motorist is almost £800 out of pocket after his car tyres and alloy wheels were destroyed by a massive pothole and the local council has refused to pay compensation.
Matthew Sherwin’s Ford Fiesta needed two new tyres and four new alloy wheels after hitting a crater in the road which measured 4in deep, 16in wide and 39in long.
However Kirklees Council has refused to cough up compensation towards the £782 repair bill.
Mr Sherwin, 31, said: “I’m very disheartened and infuriated that the council can just turn their back on one of their residents.”
The incident occured back in September when Mr Sherwin was driving to work. He said: “It did a lot of damage to my car. Two alloy wheels and two tyres had to be scrapped because they were deemed dangerous.
“But my wheels are not produced any more, so I had to spend £782 on four new wheels and two tyres.”
However, Mr Sherwin hit a brick wall when tried to claim the money back from Kirklees.
Despite providing a signed letter from the specialist wheel and tyre shop stating that the wheels were damaged beyond repair and that everything would be replaced like-for-like, the council argued the road where the pothole was had been inspected a few weeks earlier and that they were not liable for the repairs.
Mr Sherwin hit back: “A pothole of that size doesn’t appear in just three weeks – the highways inspection team must have missed it.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “Mr Sherwin has the right of appeal and can do this by responding to the council’s insurance department, raising his points of concern.”