By Denna Bowman
A motorist whose car and tyres were damaged by a pothole in the road has blasted his local council after it rejected his compensation claim.
Angry Ged Moore said it rejected his claim for £276 to replace his tyres and front road spring, because he had not reported the defects in the tarmac before the accident happened.
South Tyneside Council blamed Mr Moore for notifying it about the pothole, because it said it relied on local residents to report defects in the roads where they live.
However, Mr Moore argued that the council – which has legal responsibility to maintain roads – should have spotted the pothole themselves.
The council carried out an emergency repair, but said it was not responsible for £276 to replace Mr Moore’s spring and tyres.
He said: “The main reason for rejecting the claim is as the pothole was on the same street where I live.
“They say I should have reported it before the accident happened.
“My contention is that this pothole was dangerous and should have been spotted at their inspections.
“The road had been inspected four and a half months before the accident. Potholes do not normally deteriorate badly over summer months, and certainly not to the depth of five inches.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “This road was last inspected in May 2008 and, as no defects were identified at that time, the pothole must have formed between May and October . . . not all potholes appear in the winter months.
“As well as the inspection process, the council relies on members of the public to report faults in the highway as and when they occur.
“However, as neither Mr Moore nor any of his neighbours reported this pothole, we were not aware of it and could not have repaired it.”