Edinburgh potholes responsible for £62k in council payouts

File picture: Steven Scott Taylor

File picture: Steven Scott Taylor

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MORE than £62,000 in compensation has been paid by the city council to drivers as a result of damage or injury caused by potholes.

New figures revealed using Freedom of Information laws show hundreds of successful claims have been made against the council since 2012.

Every pound paid out in compensation is one less pound available to actually fix Scotland’s roads properly.

Neil Greig

The smallest compensation claim dished out to a driver was just £9 – while the priciest came in at £7400.

Last night critics blasted the pay-outs as a “sad state of affairs” and “unnecessary”.

Councillor Nick Cook, the Tory’s transport spokesman, said questions needed to be asked about whether the claims were a good use of taxpayers’ money.

He added: “I think more needs to be done to address the root cause of Edinburgh’s poor quality of repairs.”

Across Scotland, 12 councils admitted dishing out at least £548,564 to unhappy drivers over the past three years.

Neil Greig of the Institute of Advanced Motorists said: “Every pound paid out in compensation is one less pound available to actually fix Scotland’s roads properly.

“Long-term guaranteed funding is required to address the ever-growing backlog of pothole repairs across the country.”

Edinburgh council has invested an extra £5 million in road maintenance and improvements as part of its 2015/16 budget.

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