Tesco pay up in pothole damage

NBENLM110809A2 - Jenny Oldknow with a cheque from Tesco after the road near Morrisons damaged her car
NBENLM110809A2 - Jenny Oldknow with a cheque from Tesco after the road near Morrisons damaged her car

A MOTORIST has received a pay out from supermarket giant Tesco for damage caused to her car on a notorious stretch of road in Belper.

The retailer sent a cheque for £176 to Jenny Oldknow after she contacted them to say her Ford Focus had been damaged after being driven on the service road that leads to the town’s Morrisons store.

Tesco recently admitted ownership of the road after locals became furious at its deteriorating state.

Some drivers said the road leading off the A6 at the Derby Road, Chapel Street roundabout was in a worse condition than some dirt tracks.

Last month Tesco told The News that the repair work was in hand.

But it was too late for Mrs Oldknow.

The 35-year-old wrote to Tesco after being landed with a £176 bill for repair work to her car’s wheel tracking system after one tyre had become significantly more worn than the others.

This was despite all four tyres being new less than a year before.

Mrs Oldknow’s husband Steve, 39, said: “The garage told us that the tracking was out. The only place she goes where there is a pothole is that road.”

Mrs Oldknow, of Pinewood Road, Belper, sent a letter to Tesco explaining the situation, and also the invoice and a report from the tyre garage.

After receiving a letter back saying she wasn’t to blame, Mrs Oldknow rang Tesco and was told that the retail giant would pay up.

She said: “I was shocked by it. I thought they would argue about it.

“I hope that it might get the road fixed a bit quicker now because it has been extremely annoying. It has dragged on for so long.

“I have had to use that bit of road like everyone else. It was definitely that road that caused the damage.

“No matter how slowly you go over the holes, you can still feel them hitting the car.”

The News asked Tesco for a comment but got no reply.