Search

SPECIAL REPORT: Claims caused by potholes soar by a third

PUBLISHED: 14:43 05 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010

Damaged: Streets across the borough have hundreds of potholes

Damaged: Streets across the borough have hundreds of potholes

MORE and more potholes in roads and broken pavements caused the costs of claims relating to injuries on the borough s streets to soar by almost a third. Brent Council s budget report showed that the cost of claims related to accidents by members of the

MORE and more potholes in roads and broken pavements caused the costs of claims relating to injuries on the borough's streets to soar by almost a third.

Brent Council's budget report showed that the cost of claims related to accidents by members of the public on pavements and highways went up from £685,000 in 2007/2008 to £886,000 in 2008/2009.

It was expected to remain at a similar level for 2009/2010.

A combination of the recent heavy snowfall and the use of grit has been blamed on the increase of potholes.

One particular road that is shared by Brent and Westminster councils is so bad that councillors from the latter authority are calling for urgent repairs to be carried out.

Even though Kilburn Lane, in Queen's Park, covers both boroughs, the pot holes are the responsibility of Brent Council.

According to Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour councillor for Westminster's Queen's Park ward, residents have aired their concerns about the horrific state of the road that has so many potholes it is considered a danger to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

He said: "We have alerted Westminster Council to the problems and have been assured that the pot holes are the responsibility of Brent Council."

The proliferation of bumps and dips on the streets has resulted in one councillor accusing council chiefs of 'wasting money' on consultants while pavements were being allowed to fall into disrepair.

Cllr James Powney, Labour councillor for Kensal Green ward, said: "There are more pot holes in Brent's roads than there are in the Yorkshire Dales and they are a danger to motorists in general and especially to cyclists.

"Instead of wasting money on consultants who tell us nothing new we should repair our roads and pavements."

A Brent Council spokesman said: "London has experienced some of the worst winter conditions for 30 years and this has led to significant damage to roads in all boroughs.

"The priority for all councils is to make potholes safe, starting with main roads and then moving onto side roads and residential streets filling holes as they are reported by engineers or residents.

"Major routes for public transport and emergency services are always a priority."

Last week, the Times exclusively revealed that council tills are ringing to the tune of more than £5 million profits from parking fines.

Council chiefs said the raised cash would not be transferred to another department, pointing to the council's statutory duty to spend it on transport, with the majority going on roads.

ben.greening@archant.co.uk

sofia.mitra-thakur@archant.co.uk

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

09:18

Westminster North MP Karen Buck joined parents and children to protest the sudden closure of Queen’s Park Nursery.

Yesterday, 17:19

A Wembley man has been jailed for more than 26 years after attempting to murder a hotel maid he became “infatuated” with.

Yesterday, 11:30

The Home Office has been branded a “disgrace” after it deported more than 100 rough sleeping Europeans from Brent over the past three years.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The prime minister Theresa May has received a lot of stick for her dancing recently and while I would commend her on her attempts, I can’t help but feel her dancing was symbolic of her Brexit negotiations.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sudbury neighbours are urging Brent’s planning chiefs to reject “excessive over-development plans” for a repair site near their homes.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Border issues and criminal activity that stems from them were the top complaint at a community crime meeting in Kilburn. More than 60 people crowded into the Kingsgate Resource Centre in Palmerston Road for a “community conversation” with Camden police officers and councillors.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Communities fear a much loved Cricklewood pub has become a “Trojan horse” after Brent planners waved through an application to build flats above it.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The head of a Harlesden secondary school has been commended by police for his dedication to the community.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now