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Council ignores rising number of pavement trips

The High Street had a £7 million facelift in 2009, and now, Councillor David Kendall, chairman of the borough council's Business and Town Centre Committee, says urgent work is needed to remove the danger to pedestrians.

ECC has paid out compensation on three of the claims and says it has no plans to carry out further work on the pavement.

Speaking of the problem, Cllr David Kendall said: "I think these numbers are highlighting that there is a problem and it needs to be sorted. Because how bad does it need to get? There are a lot of elderly people in the high street and if people are falling over then it is a serious issue."

Cllr Kendall also argues that the uneven pavement was symptomatic of the wider issue of the lack of maintenance within the borough. ECC believes that, because the defects in the uneven pavement do not meet their criteria for action, it is unable to do maintenance work on it. However, Cllr Kendall believes that the number of people who have lodged compensation claims against the council as a result of the injuries sustained from the defective pavement is evidence of the need to resolve the issue.

ECC's approach to the defective pavement is part of a wider national debate on the effects of central government cuts to local government funding. Quite simply, local councils have to do more, with less. Thus, although the defective pavement on Brentwood High Street may meet safety standards, the 15 personal injury claims that have been lodged with ECC is evidence that the council's approach to resolving the defect is not without casualties.

The question remains: how many more victims must the defective pavement claim, before the council is moved to fix the problem for its residents?

If you have been injured because of a defective pavement or public highway, speak to a personal injury lawyer regarding your claim – call 01302 320621.

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