Motorist sues County Council over pothole damage to tyres

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By Denna Bowman

An angry motorist is set to sue her local authority after a pothole left her with a £2,000 bill for new tyres for her Mercedes.

Debra King is taking Surrey County Council to court after her car was allegedly damaged by the pothole on the A25 in Westcott near Rookery Drive.

Mrs King, 44, who claims the hole in the road was around 30ft-long and five inches deep, told the Dorking Advertiser: “The pothole completely destroyed two of the Mercedes’ wheels, but we had to go out and spend £2,000 on four new tyres to get the car back on the road because my husband needed it as he is self-employed.”

She added: “He lost a day’s work and losing a day’s pay has a huge impact.”

After the alleged incident in the early hours of March 31, Mrs King called the council to complain.

She said: “The lady on the phone told me I needed to fill in a claim form and it would take up to 21 days to acknowledge it and up to six months for a result.

“I just think the way the council has dealt with this is absolutely disgraceful.”

Surrey County Council declined to comment.

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