Twenty-seven people make claims after pavement falls in Harlow

By Local Democracy Reporter
Piers Meyler

BASILDON has recorded the highest number of claims from fall on roads in the county, that has seen more than £1m paid in compensation in the past two years.

A total of £1.1m has been paid out to people in just 16 cases – though Essex County Council (ECC) adds it is not uncommon for claims to take one or more years to resolve cases.

It therefore may be that there are claims resolved in this period which were originally made earlier on.

ECC has refused to disclose which districts these occurred in due to data sensivities.

While £203,743 has been spent compensation claims for injuries sustained from falls due to defected pavements and roads in Basildon, no personal injury payments have been made to for falls in Uttlesford.

ECC received 56 claims in the past two years due to falls in Basildon, but just eight relating to falls in Uttlesford.

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request have shown that Basildon and Colchester have the highest number of claims.

Chelmsford, which has a similar population to Basildon, only saw 27 claims.

Tendring saw 40 claims.

The county council announced an extra £700,000 to help repair pavements and footways across the county in its budget in February.

No. of Claims Received for past two years

Basildon 56
Braintree 26
Brentwood 16
Castle Point 27
Chelmsford 27
Colchester 46
Epping Forest 20
Harlow 27
Maldon 5

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