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Marmalade2

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Marmalade2 says:

UK third world roads

On Saturday August 11 I collected my new  GSX-R750 and on the way home got a new rear tyre fitted. On August 14 I went to collect a seat pad from someone in Westbury and on my way back along the A36 near Stapleford, Wiltshire I hit a large pot hole in the dark which resulted in a near crash, bent foot peg and a large...

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venturer

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venturer says:

maintained to a very safe / high standard.

it almost upsets me to see mattiboy defending poor maintenance, there is no reason why our roads ( or any other thing, item or machine  ) can't be maintained to a very safe / high standard. 

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arbg92

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arbg92 says:

I would be in touch with the council and look to claiming for the damage. Get photos and come down heavy. Did you speak to the highways about claiming. A work colleague hit a pot hole in her car damaged her alloy. Got paid out. Don't let first refusal put you off.

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mattiboy

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mattiboy says:

Venturer

Where have I defended poor maintenance? I've simply pointed out that there will inevitably be some form of delay in a defect being spotted and then being rectified. So i'm somewhat confused by this comment. In terms of the second comment, two words, 'allocated budget'. You can't spend what you don't have..

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2smoke

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2smoke says:

Don't give up..

The letter looks like a standard send out from the council, designed to fob you off. The fact that you could have been killed or seriously injured should count for something at least. I would continue to write to the council until a concession is made.

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billysollocks

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May I suggest getting written, signed statements from other road users who have also been affected by this defect, getting together and taking the council to the small claims court? Any photos, documents etc. will help to strengthen your case, as will any such negative correspondence you've had. Sadly, from bitter personal experience, they will deny it, drag it out and use stalling tactics. Make a pain in the arse of yourself, that normally works. Good luck old bean! 

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Kokosun

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Kokosun says:

I agree with (most) of the comments associated with this discussion. While I think that the general state of the roads in the UK is "OK", there are some places where it's appalling. What most annoys me about this situation is that the pothole still hasn't been fixed despite a (tax paying) member of the public pointing out that it's very dangerous. My guess is that if somebody really did have an accident as a direct result of hitting this road defect, the council would be criminally liable. After all, they have no argument in terms of not being aware of the severity of the situation.

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brmoore

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brmoore says:

sue

just sue under the motor insurance bureu, same thing you do for an untraced driver, for example diesel on the road left by a truck, don't wait get all the money back to buy a new bike, this time though make it a honda, although at least the 750 is the best GSXR you did well there :)

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norris

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norris says:

Madness

Local council put blanket 20mph limits on local roads. One road so full of potholes and speed humps, they've finally resurfaced it. They're now in the process of putting new full width humps on the newly resurfaced road. Went down it yesterday, and right in front of a new hump (so new its not as yet been painted) there's an enormous hole where the newly laid tarmac has sunk into old road works.

This one of the major problems. Utitily company's digging up roads and poorly repairing them. Everything is done as cheaply and shoddily as possible, which costs more in the long term with claims and re repairing poorly finished work.

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frugaltail

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frugaltail says:

vote!

https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31413 sign the petition, its long overdue!

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Arrow

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Arrow says:

Not long come back from northern Spain, the country may be on its knees if you listen to the news over here but the roads we travelled on up and down mountain were superb. As for the letter: A colleague at work had the nearside front and rear alloy wheels on his car dented from a pothole on the side of the road and received a similar letter to the one above. Not content with their rebuff he contacted his insurers with which he had legal insurance cover and got their solicitors to draw up a letter threatening legal action if their client was not reimbursed the cost of the wheels - they paid up.

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