Council admits more than half of the borough’s footpaths need to be repaired

Cllr Jim Jenks on Priory Avenue, N8,  inspecting one of the many broken and uneven pavements in HaringeyLabour-run Haringey council has admitted that more than half of the footpaths in the borough need to be repaired, and there is an £107m backlog of investment required in the boroughs roads and transport infrastructure. The shocking facts were disclosed in a report discussed on Tuesday evening at the council’s Cabinet meeting.

The Lib Dem opposition have previously highlighted the fact that a large number of pavements in Haringey are in a poor state and need to be fixed.

The Lib Dems uncovered figures showing that Haringey Council’s failure to fix broken and uneven pavements has led to hundreds of claims for compensation over the last two years. Between 2010 and 2012 Haringey Council has received 278 claims for compensation for injuries due to broken pavements.

Local Lib Dem councillors have received many complaints from residents about the poor state of local pavements and footways. The opposition politicians are calling on the council to take action and fix the borough’s crumbling pavements.

The call for action comes on top of the Lib Dems recently highlighting more than 40 pothole ridden roads in the borough that need to be resurfaced.

Cllr Richard Wilson, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, comments:

“Pavements in Haringey are crumbling because of decades of underinvestment by the Council. It is astonishing that there is an £107m backlog of work thanks to neglect by the Labour-run authority.

“It is disgraceful that more than half of the footways in the borough need to be repaired. How can the situation have been allowed to get this bad? There is money available to fix the pavements, we know because the Labour run council recently admitted that they had failed to spend £8m on capital projects.

“Labour is failing to lead the council effectively and it is completely unacceptable that local residents are paying one of the highest council taxes in London whilst stumbling over cracked and broken pavements.  Haringey can’t even get the basics right.”

Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green Lynne Featherstone, comments:

“Instead of proactively fixing the dangerous pavements, Haringey Council are sitting back, letting accidents happen and then having to fork out taxpayers’ money in compensation. The council recently were forced to pay £1m in compensation after a man tripped in a dangerous pothole in Hornsey and suffered severe head injuries, for instance.

“Surely it would be better to use our council tax money to prevent accidents, rather than to compensate for the awful consequences of them.

“Leaving pavements in this state is just typical of Labour-run Haringey Council. Residents deserve better.”