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County Council Pays Out Over a Million Pounds on Claims Due To Highways Defects

October 15, 2015 10:12 AM

cashLiberal Democrats at County Hall have unearthed information that shows that Herts County Council has had to pay out over a million pounds in injury and compensation claims in just two and half years - due to highways defects.

The information obtained by Liberal Democrat opposition Leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Central Watford and Oxhey) shows that as at 31 August this year ther​e were pay outs on ​1228 injury clai​ms relating to accidents and falls, ​costing the council £718,866. There are ​further claims still to be settled so the figure is likely to increase. The rest, some £296,060, relate to non-​injury claims,​mainly damage to wheels and tyres.

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: "​This level of claims being paid is a worry -​ clearly hundreds of Herts residents are being injured owing​ to highways defects and bad paving, and​ it'​s costing the Council a lot of money that should be spent on fixing those defects before people get injured.

"​Yet again it shows that Herts is just not getting it right when it comes to road and footway repairs. This is ​on top of the hundreds of thousands it has fined its main highways contractor, Ringway and​ shows that it's time for a total rethink about how it maintains our roads and footways.

"​For too long the Conservative administration has been complace​nt over this at County Hall. T​hey need to get out into the real world."