Council awards £300k damages for slipping and tripping

Instances of slipping and tripping on roads in Hull have resulted in personal injury compensation awards totalling more than £300,000 over the last three years.

That is according to figures obtained by the Hull Daily Mail, which have shown that Hull City Council agreed to settlements of £188,273 in 2010 and £133,364 one year previously with people hurt on damaged walkways and roads in the urban area.

Andrew Allison, grassroots co-ordinator for the Taxpayer's Alliance, told the news source that such figures make it clear a more proactive stance is needed from the local authority with regard to making these pathways safer.

"The council inspection team should be thorough and where they find defects they should be repaired as quickly as possible ... we would rather see money spent on the roads than on claims," he noted.

However, Graham Hall of the council - which is led by Steve Brady - insisted the body is doing all it can to improve conditions around the city.

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10/01/2012 15:44