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Pot hole in road along the A421

Reported via desktop in the Pothole category anonymously at 22:13, Sun 2 April 2023

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4390652.

I am writing to claim Re Imbursement for damage caused to my car directly by a Pot Hole on a Public Highway maintained by M.K.Council. On Sunday 12th March at 20.30hrs I was driving my Vauxhall Insignia Elite Reg DF12RPZ along the A421 toward MK in the rain, when I hit the Pot Hole shown in attached Photographs, As you can see this was 3 inches Deep and enough to destroy the Side Wall on my N/Side Front Tyre. This was witnessed by a following motorist Mr P Bates The Firs Lakes lane MK168EE. Ten minutes after my puncture another motorist did exactly the same thing and also ended up with a puncture. I made a call to the RAC at 20.30hrs for assistance but it was after Midnight before we reached home The location of this Pot Hole is MK170EQ opposite the entrance to the Lay by, and approx.140yds before the Roundabout with Waddon Road and just before Lamp Post No 10. Maintenance of this road falls within the responsibility of MKCouncil and your authority has a legal responsibility to maintain roads to a safe standard under the Highways Act 1980, This includes repairing defects such as the Pothole that damaged my vehicle. I am therefore making a claim for the cost of a new tyre and compensation for the repair costs of £120 Please confirm that in writing that the Authority will reimburse me for the Full repair costs along with details of your Payment Method. If I don't receive a satisfactory response to this letter I will have no choice but to take further action which will include the Hours of inconvenience caused to Sunday and Monday. I trust that this will not be necessary as these were circumstances entirely beyond my control. Yours Faithfully Lee Deanus

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  • This has been passed to the local area technician to investigate the enquiry/issue regarding a pothole/road surface.

    During winter months we receive a very high number of reports regarding potholes or a poor road surface, it's easy to assume that potholes are formed due to roads being poorly maintained but that is not usually the case. There are many factors that can cause potholes, particularly during the winter months when water seeps in through cracks in the road surface, collecting underneath and when the water freezes, it expands and forces up the road surface in through cracks in the road surface.

    Our priority is always the safety of road users, so in some cases during busy periods a permanent repair is not always possible immediately. However, temporary repairs are a way to ensure the area is safe until such times as we can return to make a permanent repair.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 22:13, Sun 2 April 2023

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    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:19, Tue 4 April 2023

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