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Council replies to pothole concerns

Hertfordshire County Council has responded to concerns, expressed on this site, about the state of local roads and whether car owners can claim compensation for damage to their vehicles. It followed the publication of a number of comments in the Have Your Say section of this site.

The following is the text from an e-mail sent to this site.

The majority of roads in Brookmans Park are currently managed for the County Council by Welwyn Hatfield District Council. They are responsible for the maintenance of all public highways in the area with the exception of the A1000.

Any claims for compensation, other than for the A1000 should be directed to the District Council but we cannot comment on whether they would be settled or not.

The County Council is developing a programme of repair work across the County for next financial year (April 2001 to March 2002) it is not possible to say, at this moment, if roads in Brookmans Park will be included. The repair programme is being based on road condition.

The exceptional weather this winter has put immense strain on the highway network. Pot holes can appear very quickly and it would be unreasonable to expect an immediate response to all the problems on the network.

For roads we directly maintain, the County Council is doing all it can to respond to publicly reported dangerous potholes within 24 hours. All drivers should be aware of the potential problems and should drive at a speed that reflects the current conditions.

As suggested above, initial contact about most roads in your area should be with Welwyn Hatfield District Council, or the usual phone or written contacts.  Hope this is of some help.

February 20, 2001

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