As a result of a neglected pothole on his street in Penrith Gardens, a British man identified as Al Mitchell has billed Plymouth City Council £300 (N175k) for the damage on his car .
According to MetroUK reports, Mitchell was charged £300 for the repair of his car but having discovered the cause of the damage, the infuriated driver sent the bill to the council.
The state of the highway has now caused significant damage to the ball joint of the suspension arms on his Nissan Qashqai, he says.
According to Ministry of Transport, further enquiries revealed that the car which Mitchell bought last June was in full working order before the damage.
The aggrieved man strongly blame government of negligence of the pothole that eventually caused significant damage to the ball joint of the suspension arms of his car.
Penrith Gardens in Estover, Mitchell says, has been riddled with potholes for four years and has complained to the council, as he lives there.
Speaking to Plymouth Live, the car owner said; ”I asked the manager down there for the workshop, and he said it had likely been caused by driving over potholes regularly.
It’s absolutely ridiculous, we’ve been on to them for the past four years about it. We’ve filled in about five forms, rung them a number of times, and all we get is “oh the road’s fine.
We sent them (the council) the MOT bill in the last complaint but we haven’t had anything back from them yet. I highlighted on the bill the repairs I’d been told were likely caused by the potholes. It all just falls on deaf ears.” Mitchell lamented.8
He continued; ”Over four years we’ve been on to them about it, and they’ve partially filled some in once, and then now they’re even worse. It needs the whole stretch redoing, especially with the amount of traffic that comes down here now. It’s just constant”
The council in a statement to PlymouthLive said it recognised Penrith Gardens was damaged but that it’s not bad enough to warrant repairs.