Pothole leads to frontline worker’s tyre exploding on way home from hospital night shift

Motorists have been urged to claim for pothole damage after a frontline worker’s tyre exploded on the way home from a hospital night shift.

Jolyon Hartin was driving home to Clun after a shift at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital when he hit a pothole on the B4368 at around 7am.

His father, Clun councillor Nigel Hartin, was critical of pothole repairs that have been done.

“There is still a big backlog of repairs to potholes to be done right across the county with a great many still to be repaired in the Clun area,” he said.

“What is worse, many of those repairs already done are of a lamentable bad quality.

"I have a number of complaints of newly-repaired holes being washed away.

“A classic instance involved my son Jolyon. He has since claimed the total cost of of recovery and repair from the council and I urge anyone who has suffered damage to do likewise. Ratepayers deserve better service than this.”

Councillor Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our highways officers are busy working with our contractor Kier to treat the exceptionally high number of potholes that have appeared recently.

"This time of year is challenging, but we have also experienced more flooding and have had the coldest January in 10 years, which all impacts our roads.”

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