An Essex council has been slammed for risking car accidents by failing to fix potholes on a local street, choosing instead to view them as traffic calming measures.
Navestock parish council declared that it would leave the potholes untouched in the hope that they would slow down passing traffic.
Road maintenance group Potholes.co.uk said it was "appalled" by the council’s decision, which could leave it open to compensation claims relating to vehicle damage and personal injury.
"It’s unbelievable that councillors, who have a duty of care to their residents, would actively choose to leave potholes unfilled," commented Potholes.co.uk spokesman Duncan McClure Fisher.
The council has since retracted its decision and promised to fill the holes as soon as possible.
Figures from the AA show local councils paid out £65 million in compensation for damage caused by potholes last year.