Nelson Bay pothole damage

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Nelson Bay pothole damage

A POTHOLE that caused two car tyres to blow has driven Paul Foran to fight for a Hunter road fix.

Mr Foran said his partner Gillian and 12-year-old daughter Kelsey were in the car when both left-side tyres blew after hitting a pothole on a 100 km/h stretch of Nelson Bay Road last month.

Mr Foran said the tyres were about a month old.

He said the pothole had been patched before but the previous work had failed to prevent it causing the rattling experience for his loved ones.

"They were pretty shaken up," Mr Foran said.

The Medowie man is lobbying Port Stephens Council for $475 in compensation to cover the price of replacing both the tyres.

Mr Foran said other damage sustained to the car, including wheel rims, was not part of his claim.

He says the council should be liable as the road authority.

"It's the council's role to fix the road," Mr Foran said.

"We just want the roads fixed."

A council spokeswoman said the pothole had not been reported prior to a weekly inspection scheduled for the same morning the accident occurred.

The spokeswoman said it had been repaired about three hours after the accident when a report was submitted.

"The weekend between inspections saw some heavy rain, which is likely to have caused the pothole," the spokeswoman said.

Cr Geoff Dingle said he was sympathetic, however, compensating Mr Foran could set an expensive precedent for ratepayers.

He said it was crucial that roadworks were done to a high standard.

"The bottom line is if you don't do a repair properly it reappears," Cr Dingle said.

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