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Feb 21 2011

Potholes (again…)

Interesting snippet from the minutes of Harrow Council’s Cabinet Meeting on Thursday 10 February 2011 7.30 pm (Item 146.): Councillor Questions.

Question 8

Questioner: Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane

Asked of: Councillor Phillip O’Dell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety

Question: Has a cost estimate of fixing the additional potholes and road defects caused by December’s snow and cold weather been carried out?

Answer: This has not yet been conducted. The Highway teams are dealing with the worst of the pot holes on a priority basis, but it is appreciated that the winter period is not over and there will still be frosty nights that could create further damage on the highways.

Supplemental Question: Does the administration believe that it should inform drivers that they could submit a claim against the Council when their cars have been damaged by pot holes on our roads, as the Council is liable?

Supplemental Answer: Personally, I am certain that if residents phone up and say they wish to make a claim against the Council, they would receive all the advice and help they can.

Unfortunately, the meeting only allows 15 minutes for questions and answers, so we’ll have to wait to hear the answer from the next question…

Question 9

Questioner: Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane

Asked of: Councillor Phillip O’Dell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety

Question: How many claims has the Council received from residents and members of the public for damage caused by potholes to their vehicles during the last financial year, how many of these claims have been met Council, and what was their total cost?

Have you claimed for a damaged wheel or tyre, or other damage, from Harrow Council?  How did you get on?  Let us know in the comments below, or mail us at news@iharrow.com.

Source(s): Councillor Questions from the Agenda and Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting on February 10, 2011.

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