A MOTORIST is hundreds of pounds out of pocket after his car hit a massive pothole.
Kirklees Council has refused to compensate Matthew Sherwin after his Ford Fiesta was damaged at Gilead Road in Longwood.
The 31-year-old had to spend £782 on repairs after he hit the pothole, which was 4in deep, 16in wide and 39in long.
He said: “I’m very disheartened and infuriated that the council can just turn their back on one of their residents.”
Mr Sherwin – who lives at Victoria Court in Longwood – hit the pothole on September 12 while driving his green Mark 6 Fiesta.
He said: “It did a lot of damage to my car. Two alloy wheels and two tyres had to be scrapped because they were deemed dangerous.
“But my wheels are not produced any more, so I had to spend £782 on four new wheels and two tyres.”
Mr Sherwin then tried to claim the money back from Kirklees.
He said: “I got a signed letter from the specialist wheel and tyre shop stating that the wheels were damaged beyond repair and that everything would be replaced like-for-like.
“I took pictures of the pothole before Kirklees filled it in and I sent in a claim to their roads department. I got a letter back last week saying they weren’t going to honour my claim.”
Mr Sherwin said that Kirklees claimed it had inspected Gilead Road regularly.
He said: “They attached a sheet showing which dates the road had been inspected. The last time the road was inspected before my incident was on August 21 and it was deemed to be sufficient. A pothole of that size doesn’t appear in just three weeks – the highways inspection team must have missed it.”
Mr Sherwin, who works as a technician for Mono Pumps in Manchester, added: “I am on reduced hours and pay because the company I work for has been hit hard by the recession. I can’t really afford £782 for a new set of wheels.
“If my monthly wage hadn’t been cut in half it wouldn’t be such a massive issue. I would still have put a claim in, but if Kirklees had said ‘go away’ at least the extra wage could help me absorb the costs of the new wheels.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “Mr Sherwin’s claim was turned down after being given consideration.
“Mr Sherwin has the right of appeal and can do this by responding to the council’s insurance department, raising his points of concern.”