A street in Leeds has been identified as one of the worst in the country for potholes.
News of King Lane’s unwanted title emerged as a separate YEP investigation revealed that council bosses in Leeds have forked out more than £500,000 in compensation to people injured because of poorly-maintained pavements.
A total of £526,449 was paid to the personal injury claimants by cash-strapped Leeds City Council over the course of the last four financial years.
The council received 1,167 claims for compensation for injuries related to uneven or neglected pavements during the same period, although it is not clear how many of those were successful.
The pavement payouts have been criticised by the TaxPayers’ Alliance while concerns have also been voiced by campaigners for people with sight loss problems, who could find damaged surfaces tricky to negotiate.
Today, though, the council defended its record on keeping the city’s highways safe for pedestrians and motorists alike.
A spokesman said: “There has been a fall in the compensation paid out by Leeds City Council due to injuries on the city’s pavements since 2009.
“However, not all cases have been settled from previous years and work is continuing to bring these claims to a conclusion.”
The council paid out around £65,000 in compensation to drivers in the financial year 2012-13 for problems caused by the poor state of local roads.
King Lane in north Leeds has been the subject of 108 claims from motorists over a 10-year period.
The council spokesman said: “Leeds City Council allocates millions of pounds each year towards the repair of potholes in the city as part of its highways maintenance budget.
A range of preventative treatments and reactive repairs are undertaken daily by the council in tackling potholes, which includes prioritising work on those roads that have been identified due to their condition as a top priority.”
The council gets 20,000 pothole reports every year – the equivalent of around 75 per day.
According to today’s data, councils nationwide received 32,600 compensation claims in 2012-13 for everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, to puncturing tyres and damaging suspension.
The number of claims was an increase of 79 per cent from 2011-12.
Today’s figures also showed that local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland paid out a total of £2.5m in compensation for pothole or other road damage in 2012-13.
Local authorities across the country had to cough up more than £45m in compensation between April 2009 and April this year to claimants who had suffered personal injuries as a result of poorly-maintained pavements.