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Lloyd Butler from Epping has been told that he will not be given compensation despite more than £1000 of damage to his car after hitting a pothole
An angry motorist has labelled Essex County Council as an ‘absolute joke’ over their handling of the district’s roads.
Lloyd Butler put it a claim for his car in February after hitting a huge pothole in England’s Lane, Loughton.
Mr Butler, was lucky to escape the accident unscathed and immediately reported the crater in the road.
However, this week, Mr Butler of Ivy Chimneys Road, Epping, received a letter to say that the council would not be making a contribution to the cost of his car repair, because he was the first person to report the pothole.
Mr Butler, 34, says that he is outraged.
He said: “They just sent me a letter saying that because I was the first person to report it they aren’t going to give me a penny.
“I had £1175 worth of damage done to my car.
“I just haven’t got the sort of money that I need to repair it. Because of the damage to the shock absorbers I’ve had to replace two tyres already.
“I think it is disgusting, they are a joke.”
Now, the builder’s merchant manager must either take the council to a small claims court, at cost to himself, or fork out for the repairs himself.
In a letter to Mr Butler the County Council’s legal team states that no compensation will be awarded as the pothole is was not reported until four days after the accident, and was not deemed to be dangerous.
Despite this claim, the letter also states that the road was repaired just days later.
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