£234m repair bill for damage to pavements by illegal parking

3 Jan

Cambridgeshire County Council estimates that the cost of repairing damage to pavements from illegal parking amounts to £3 million each year. Based on the population of Cambs this comes out at about £234 million per year for the country. This does not cover the cost of policing, installing bollards and other devices to stops vehicles parking illegally or the cost of compensation claims for trips and falls caused by this damage.

So.. when the motoring organisations complain about the £300m raised by councils from parking fines each year one can remind them that this only just pays for the damage caused to the pavements without considering the cost of collection!

Damaged pavement – photo by Alan Stanton

Broken pavement – Poynton Road London N17 Photo Alan Stanton

Broken pavement – Park View Road N17 – Photo Alan Stanton

5 Responses to “£234m repair bill for damage to pavements by illegal parking”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle January 4, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    This is a very valid point that is nearly always ignored by the motoring lobby who are always trotting out that tired old story about how much motorists pay and how little they get back.

  2. Kim January 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    And driver accuse cyclist of being free loader? It is time that motorist started to pay the full cost of driving.

  3. Kim December 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Edinburgh Council paid out more than £2.3m in claims resulting from falls caused by
    damaged pavements over a ten year period. This is money that should be taken out of motorist pockets.


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