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Trips and bumps on borough’s roads cost Haringey Council £417,000 in compensation

07:00 30 May 2014

Figures uncovered by Lib Dems show huge cost of compensation

Figures uncovered by Lib Dems show huge cost of compensation

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Haringey Council paid out more than £417,000 in compensation to motorists and pedestrians who sustained injuries or damage on the borough’s roads last year.

Figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show 19 people were handed compensation worth £417,635 in 2013/14. Just over half the claims were injury-related.

In all, there were 194 claims against Haringey’s highways for injury or damage, of which 52 were settled without payment and 123 were outstanding.

However, this latest amount brings the total paid out over the last six years to £2,698,547, with most successful claims being for injuries.

It comes as little surprise to Finsbury Park nurse Diana Buckley who says she had to go to A&E after tripping on a paving stone near her home in Mount Pleasant Crescent on May 6.

“It is lucky I was between nursing jobs when I tripped on the damaged pavement otherwise I would have had to miss work and might have had to ask the council for compensation,” she said. “My ankle is so painful I can’t do my nursing job properly at present.”

A Haringey Council spokesman said it is “committed to keeping the borough’s roads and footpaths well-maintained”, adding that this year’s budget contained a nine-fold rise in spending on streets, pavements and highways.

“Our 2013/14 pothole blitz saw more than 2,400 repair jobs completed in eight months and we continue to respond quickly to problems when reported.”

Compensation payouts for injury or damage have fallen during the last four years, he added.

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