VICTORIA Road in Ruislip has claimed another pothole victim.

Jeff Clift’s car suffered a burst tyre when he hit a crater, just days after The Gazette reported how fellow motorist David Seaman had wrecked his car’s suspension on the same stretch.

Shortly after both incidents, according to Mr Clift, a Hillingdon Council team went out to inspect the road and filled in the offending pothole.

Mr Clift had to fork out £125 to replace his tyre. He sent a claim form to Hillingdon Council, but because the pothole responsible had been temporarily filled in, and with the council denying liability, Mr Clift said he was left with no way to back up his claim.

Mr Clift, of Fleet Close, Ruislip, said: “I sent off my claim form and invoice from Kwik Fit to the council, but before I heard back the Gazette article had been published and the worst potholes had been temporarily filled in.”

Jean Palmer, the council’s director of residents’ services, said: “Our officers are aware of the condition of Victoria Road, and this will be taken into consideration when the [pothole repair]programme is set. In the meantime [they] will continue to monitor the road and carry out any interim repairs where necessary.

“We encourage all residents to report potholes by contacting the council’s contact centre or online. All reports of potholes are investigated and we ensure they are repaired as soon as possible.”

Mr Seaman, who lives in Royal Crescent, South Ruislip, had to pay £138 for damaged suspension that he believed was also caused by the dangerous potholes.

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