Is this Britain’s most expensive pothole? A nine inch deep crater has caused nearly £2,000 worth of damage to two motorists tyres and suspension.
Angry Neil Quarendon had to fork out £1,753 to replace burst front and rear tyres and repair the ruined suspension on his Land Rover.
He said: ‘It is so much into the road you can’t avoid it.’
Mr Quarendon also discovered another pothole on the same stretch of Wallage Lane, in Rowfant, West Sussex, that was a mammoth 13ft long, 4 ft wide and between seven and nine inches deep.
A second motorist, Sue Hacket also had to cough up £150 for two new tyres after rattling through the crater.
She said: ‘When I hit it, it was a really big bang. My car managed to limp up the road, but I just couldn’t get any further.’
Mr Quarendon is currently claiming compensation, but West Sussex County Council blame the adverse weather conditions during February for the state of the road.
Passing motorists have reported the council have put cones and signs around the potholes. One commented: ‘Wow, how lucky are we? Pleased to see our taxes are being used well, why do we bother to pay road tax?’
Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts