Cracked pavements cost county £1.7million

Broken paving slabs, All Saints Street, Hastings. 13/11/12 ENGSUS00120121113133505
Broken paving slabs, All Saints Street, Hastings. 13/11/12 ENGSUS00120121113133505

Cracked and broken pavements and footpaths are costing East Sussex County Council £1.7 million in meeting compensation claims.

The cash-strapped council says it has been forced to make drastic cuts, including withdrawing subsidies for rural bus services, yet is paying a huge amount in compensation to injured pedestrians.

East Sussex County Council is faced with making £18 million in cuts from its 2015/16 budget, yet
 figures show it has paid £1.7 million in compensation and professional 
fees in the last four 
years.

In contrast, Kent County Council, which covers a wider area, spent £454,542 on such claims since March 2012.

The county council insists it always ‘robust’ in the investigation of claims, as they are paid from public money.

An estimated 70 percent of compensation claims from the public are unsuccessful.