Sunderland driver calls for council to cough up after car damaged by potholes

Paul Pye complaining about the state of the road leading into his estate , The Potterys in Newbottle.

Paul Pye complaining about the state of the road leading into his estate , The Potterys in Newbottle.

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A FED-UP dad has hit out after his car was damaged in a pothole-riddled street.

Paul Pye’s car was left off the road after a stone from one of the holes flew up, cracking his windscreen.

Paul moved into The Potteries, Houghton, with his wife Shelley, 32, and their three children seven years ago.

They said the roads on the new estate were never in good condition, but have got worse over the last year.

The 34-year-old said: “My wife was driving out of the estate along a 50-metre stretch of potholes, when a stone flew up and hit the bottom of the windscreen.

“It cracked about a quarter of the way up on the driver’s side.

“An inspector came out to look at the potholes and said they were not an emergency repair.

“The council refused to pay my excess, but they filled the potholes in a couple of days after I reported it.

“Now they’ve come to resurface the whole road. I just want them to pay the £75 excess.”

Nissan worker Paul could not drive the Lexus until the windscreen was repaired.

Councillor James Blackburn, portfolio holder for City Services at Sunderland City Council, said: “We recognise the importance of maintaining our highway network.

“As the largest and most valuable of the council’s assets, it is essential to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the community.

“With more than 5,500 streets to maintain, made up of nearly 1,200km of road and 2,200km of footways, we carry out regular maintenance inspections and undertake any necessary works that these identify.

“However, given the size of the network, we are also always pleased to receive reports from the public on any road-user’s concerns on 561 1511.

“Mr Pye’s claim for compensation was considered and has been turned down.

“The city council carries out regular inspections of Hawthorn Street and at the time of the last inspection prior to the accident, the road surface was considered as satisfactory with no immediate action required.”

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