Kingston Council admits mistake over pothole accident figures

Only 79 people were injured in accidents involving potholes, not 315, Kingston Council has said

Only 79 people were injured in accidents involving potholes, not 315, Kingston Council has said

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - 020 8722 6313

Far fewer people were injured by potholes in Kingston last year than initially thought, Kingston Council has said.

A Freedom of Information request from ITV News had initially claimed 315 people were injured in pothole-related accidents on Kingston's roads.

But the authority has now said it misread ITV's original question, and in fact the number of pothole injuries was 79.

A council spokesman said: "Having checked the information given to ITN, and due to a simple misreading of the question, it is clear that there were far fewer pothole-related accidents.

"The number of cases of injury reported to the council in relation to accidents caused by potholes during 2013 was 79.

"The figure we gave initially is for all cases of injury reported to the council following an accident on the road or carriageway, not just in relation to potholes.

"We have told ITN this."

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7:55am Sat 5 Apr 14

helen59 says...

but they are still there and still dangerous especially the ones on pedestrian crossings. if you are a decent Council then mend them now. you have the money from the fines you impose on motorists in those yellow boxes !
but they are still there and still dangerous especially the ones on pedestrian crossings. if you are a decent Council then mend them now. you have the money from the fines you impose on motorists in those yellow boxes ! helen59
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4:53pm Sat 5 Apr 14

pinky107 says...

just think if they had spent the money on pot holes instead of the total pile of crap that is the greenway . nice thought isnt it .
shame the council won't admit their mistake on the unwanted , unpopular and dangerous greenway .
just think if they had spent the money on pot holes instead of the total pile of crap that is the greenway . nice thought isnt it . shame the council won't admit their mistake on the unwanted , unpopular and dangerous greenway . pinky107
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6:56pm Sat 5 Apr 14

helen59 says...

well said pinky107
well said pinky107 helen59
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4:53am Sun 6 Apr 14

Dog whistle says...

What enormous faith this gives you in the competence of the local Council.
What enormous faith this gives you in the competence of the local Council. Dog whistle
  • Score: 1

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