Kent CC criticised for ignoring pothole claims

Kent County Council (CC) has come under attack after data has come to light showing hundreds of pothole compensation claims were rejected by the authority under the assurance that it planned to repair the roads in the future.

The figures, reported in the Kent Messenger, showed 568 motorists have been refused compensation since 2015, while 208 claims were supported with £46,748 being paid out in total.

The news comes after a survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found that almost a fifth of UK roads were in a poor condition.

In a statement, a spokesman for Kent CC maintained it was responsible for maintaining 5,400 miles of road network.

"Our low figures for 'successful' claims reflect a low level of liability because of our improved fault reporting and repairs.

"Councils across the country cannot be held liable for a defect they are not aware of, as set out by government legislation."