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£18m cost to Lancashire County Council of fixing pavements

Lancashire Telegraph: £18m Lancashire County Council of fixing its pavements £18m Lancashire County Council of fixing its pavements

CRACKED and hazardous pavements have cost Lancashire County Council more than £18million to repair over four years.

The authority is in the top 10 local authorities for spending on broken pavements with a report blaming cars parking illegally for the damage.

Statistics compiled by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association revealed that in excess of £1billion of public money has been spent on repairs by 400 local councils between 2006 and 2010.

LCC spent £18,759,000 whereas Hyndburn Council only paid out £17,332.40 – the sixth lowest figure of all those surveyed.

David Cowdrey, Guide Dogs’ head of public policy and campaigns, said: “We were staggered to discover how much councils are having to spend each year on repairing pavements and paying compensation claims, some of which is down to inconsiderate parking, a cost that could be easily avoided.

“Every single one of us is paying for this through our taxes.

“We’d like to see local authorities take action to stop illegal parking on pavements and invest the money back in to vital local services.”

Money paid out covers repairs and also payouts in compensation – £106million – to people who trip over poorly maintained pavements.

The charity also warned that poor pavements can stop visually impaired people leaving their homes and going to the shops.

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12:59pm Mon 28 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

and of course all that dosh goes to Capita Symonds who are already surveying pot holes.

think of the insanity here, we pay tax in order our right to the highways is upkept which means proper safe surfaced roads. Why H&S has not picked this up should be a warning sign to taxpayers, H&S is corporate for the corporate and its only relationship to the population is to give the same corporate absolute control over what we can do.

one rule for the corporate and all the other rules set by the same against the people to ensure we cannot set up business to oppose the corporate takeover.

I wonder if all those sudo-Englishmen who sold out to the corporate are beginnning to wish they had not?

but then, given money is all they care about, probably not...


how to kill a nation...... sell it....
and of course all that dosh goes to Capita Symonds who are already surveying pot holes. think of the insanity here, we pay tax in order our right to the highways is upkept which means proper safe surfaced roads. Why H&S has not picked this up should be a warning sign to taxpayers, H&S is corporate for the corporate and its only relationship to the population is to give the same corporate absolute control over what we can do. one rule for the corporate and all the other rules set by the same against the people to ensure we cannot set up business to oppose the corporate takeover. I wonder if all those sudo-Englishmen who sold out to the corporate are beginnning to wish they had not? but then, given money is all they care about, probably not... how to kill a nation...... sell it.... Lifeinthemix
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1:45pm Mon 28 Nov 11

bobo898 says...

Any CHUMP with even the SLIGHTEST education will tell you that the force applied per unit of area is MORE for a person with heeled shoes than it is for a car with 4 wheels.

The British Standard for construction of paved areas does not include specification for "pedestrian only" zones. The pavement at the side of the road SHOULD be constructed to the same specification as your average cul-de-sac. Well able to support Pedestrians AND vehicles.

DO CARS NOT DRIVE OVER THE PAVEMENT TO GET INTO DRIVEWAYS?! DO YOU END UP WITH DISINTEGRATED PAVEMENTS IN THESE CASES?! NOOOO!

As is usually the case the local authority is gearing up for a "Blame the motorist" legislation, rather than "blame capita for their shoddy work that isn't up to British Standard quality"

Stop wasting our money on these chancers.... Please!
Any CHUMP with even the SLIGHTEST education will tell you that the force applied per unit of area is MORE for a person with heeled shoes than it is for a car with 4 wheels. The British Standard for construction of paved areas does not include specification for "pedestrian only" zones. The pavement at the side of the road SHOULD be constructed to the same specification as your average cul-de-sac. Well able to support Pedestrians AND vehicles. DO CARS NOT DRIVE OVER THE PAVEMENT TO GET INTO DRIVEWAYS?! DO YOU END UP WITH DISINTEGRATED PAVEMENTS IN THESE CASES?! NOOOO! As is usually the case the local authority is gearing up for a "Blame the motorist" legislation, rather than "blame capita for their shoddy work that isn't up to British Standard quality" Stop wasting our money on these chancers.... Please! bobo898
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2:02pm Mon 28 Nov 11

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

obviously bypassed Nelson!!!
obviously bypassed Nelson!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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3:26pm Mon 28 Nov 11

frank says...

time they got all cars and heavy lorries off pavements and fined them or preferably banned them . maybe if they had to walk on whats left of the pavements then they'd learn.
double yellow lines do not mean use the pavement and force pedestrians into the road as some bone idle car drivers seem to think.
time they got all cars and heavy lorries off pavements and fined them or preferably banned them . maybe if they had to walk on whats left of the pavements then they'd learn. double yellow lines do not mean use the pavement and force pedestrians into the road as some bone idle car drivers seem to think. frank
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4:38pm Mon 28 Nov 11

Noiticer says...

As far as I know Capita doesn't do work for LCC but does for BwDBC.
Cars parked on pavements should be sorted out but the Police will say that they have better things to do. It's down to local authorities to prosecute - a good source of revenue if they chose to follow that line.
As far as I know Capita doesn't do work for LCC but does for BwDBC. Cars parked on pavements should be sorted out but the Police will say that they have better things to do. It's down to local authorities to prosecute - a good source of revenue if they chose to follow that line. Noiticer
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7:45am Tue 29 Nov 11

DaveBurnley says...

It's easy to say "Don't drive or park on the pavement" but if motorists didn't use the pavement then traffic on a lot of streets would grind to a halt. That would mean people not getting to work, emergency services unable to get where they wish, food would not be delivered to a lot of shops, how long do you think the country would survive?
It's easy to say "Don't drive or park on the pavement" but if motorists didn't use the pavement then traffic on a lot of streets would grind to a halt. That would mean people not getting to work, emergency services unable to get where they wish, food would not be delivered to a lot of shops, how long do you think the country would survive? DaveBurnley
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