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Old 21 November 2010, 16:55   #11
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Would you believe it Neil Amner is a personal friend of many years.. and a thoroughly top bloke .. we should be meeting for a beer shortly before or around christmas anyway so maybe he's they guy to speak to..

But on his point .. did you see the size of the hole ? going by the kerb stone its almost a metre in width and didnt happen yesterday ..

Nice find Polwart superb thats one I owe ye
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Old 21 November 2010, 17:21   #12
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Muz,

You probably want to do a Freedom of Information request for the repair/inspection/fault report records for that section of road.
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Old 22 November 2010, 03:23   #13
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same thing happened to me years back,did all thats been suggested here,I also got the standard "we would have to know about it prior to your incident" letter,... I let it go...however with my newly hightened awareness of the issue,noticed one or two adverts from people asking with similar damage (highlighting the specific hole) in the local press looking for others in the same boat, to prove the council's prior knowledge....
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I would have got a friend to report the hole and get a receipt or evidence of receipt for the information that he reported from the council concerned, then a couple of days later put a claim in to the council for the damage caused providing said pot hole hadn't been repaired. If their reply was the standard "We didn't know it was there so are not libel" I would place an ad in the local paper for anyone reporting this hole to the council to come forward and then get your friend to confirm that the Council had lied.

It's a bit around the houses but they wouldn't have a leg to stand on and might even help others claim if they had read the Ad and had suffered damage after the pothole had been reported.
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I dont think you have a leg to stand on legally - morally is another issue. Local councils can stand behind a bit of law that says as long as they have 'system of inspection' in place - they dont have to anything for you .....

Cant recall the exact terms for it - a quick google will reveal it ...
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I would have got a friend to report the hole and get a receipt or evidence of receipt for the information that he reported from the council concerned, then a couple of days later put a claim in to the council for the damage caused providing said pot hole hadn't been repaired. If their reply was the standard "We didn't know it was there so are not libel" I would place an ad in the local paper for anyone reporting this hole to the council to come forward and then get your friend to confirm that the Council had lied.

It's a bit around the houses but they wouldn't have a leg to stand on and might even help others claim if they had read the Ad and had suffered damage after the pothole had been reported.
Thats a lot of bloody trouble for a tyre.
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Thats a lot of bloody trouble for a tyre.
Yes it is, but equally it could be someones life we're talking about.

Besides, getting one over on your local council is priceless.
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Some 4x4. A slight imperfection in the Bitmac and the tyres fall off.
Was waiting for someon to have a pot shot at that!

Arguably in this world of blame, who is to blame? Council/Gov't or Car supplier? If you buy a new X5 with low profiles on it and the wheel goes in a pot hole, is it the council's fault for not maintaining roads to a standard that the MOT says is appropriate for British cars (ie the MOT will pass a low profiled wheel on a car)? Or is it BMWs fault for selling a car that is not fit for purpose. Hmmm.

How could it possibly be the owners.
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Was waiting for someon to have a pot shot at that!

Arguably in this world of blame, who is to blame? Council/Gov't or Car supplier? If you buy a new X5 with low profiles on it and the wheel goes in a pot hole, is it the council's fault for not maintaining roads to a standard that the MOT says is appropriate for British cars (ie the MOT will pass a low profiled wheel on a car)? Or is it BMWs fault for selling a car that is not fit for purpose. Hmmm.

How could it possibly be the owners.
Indeed .. and I just put that comment down to some Cornish b*w b*g looking for a cheap hit .. fact is we all know an X5 is no off roader . but at least it doesn't end up in the stealers every 6 months for a failed module for this or that and is a well accomplished road and towing machine

The motors' been a gem but I dont expect 6 inch deep holes a meter wide in a suburban carriageway .. thats the problem going by that,.. we should all be driving tractors to get about
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I dont expect 6 inch deep holes a meter wide in a suburban carriageway .. thats the problem going by that,.. we should all be driving tractors to get about
Crikey where have you been driving for the last year or two?


However, I expect the response you get will be something like this:


Dear Mr Muz,

Thank you for your letter regarding the damage to your car and highlighting the need for carraigeway repairs. Unfortunately we have no budget left*, and we had hoped to get some more money but the central government have given it all to the Irish. Therefore please forward your invoice for your new tyre to Mr Willk!

Your etc...



* technically we, in Scottish local government, may still have the same budget we did last year, but the media have done a great job building up the cuts for us, which means that we can stop bothering to do anything, blame the tories and mope around the staff canteen trying to work out if we have enough people who can be bothered doing anything to organise a strike!
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