PAVEMENT TRIPS COST THE VALE COUNCIL AN AVERAGE OF £8,000 A TIME

Waiting to catch the unwary - one of scores of dangerous paving slabs in Penarth

Waiting to catch the unwary – one of scores of dangerous paving slabs in Penarth

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is having to set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds of council-taxpayers’ money to settle actual and potential claims for compensation from members of the public.

The council has been involved in a spat with the Taxpayers’ Alliance over figures quoted for compensation claims, but the Alliance is standing by the data obtained under a Freedom of Information Request which includes not only paid claims –  but also claims which have yet to be settled.

Amongst them are 57 claims from people who have suffered “personal injury” or have “tripped” on pavements in the Vale of Glamorgan . The amount of money involved in these claims varies from £3,766  (at the bottom of the range ) up to as much as £32,500.

On average each personal injury/ tripping-up claim stands to cost the Vale of Glamorgan Council more than £8,000 a time .

Damage caused by potholes frequently gives rise to compensation claims

Damage caused by potholes frequently gives rise to compensation claims

On top of these personal injury claims there is also a plethora of claims resulting from damage caused by potholes in local roads

It appears that over the last two years the total paid – or set aside by the Vale Council to meet settlements – amounts to  £502,795.

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3 Responses to PAVEMENT TRIPS COST THE VALE COUNCIL AN AVERAGE OF £8,000 A TIME

  1. Fiona Whitfield says:

    When I moved back here a year ago after 22 years from Dinas ive twisted my foot and limped for months but I never put in a claim as how could you prove it?

  2. Vic says:

    My car has been damaged by potholes, but I didn’t claim either. Here’s a money saver for the council though – how about buying yellow spray paint that lasts longer. The stuff they use to mark potholes at the moment wears off after many MONTHS. (I’m being sarcastic of course).

  3. AK says:

    It’s hard to prove the vehicle damage unless it occurs catastrophically at one particular location.

    I recently had a broken front spring on my car, and Gimber Motors said they get more and more suspension damage each year – a combination of potholes and ‘traffic calming’ no doubt.

    If I fall over a pothole, or slip on the pavement then it is my own stupid fault!

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