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willeys bridge ice

On 7 Jan 2010 at 7:21pm bloody elbow wrote:
avoid if you can as the ice on the down slopes more suited to torvill & dean. No grit within easy reach either.
On 8 Jan 2010 at 8:48am sashimi wrote:
I agree, BE, it's an absolute disgrace several days after the snowfall that the council haven't dealt with the main pedestrian route in from Malling. The path down from Church Lane, Willey's Bridge and the climb up through the gas works on St John's Hill are lethal. No doubt bthey are all passing the buck and saying it's the responsibiltiy of another council. But we don't care about their turf wars. We want a decent service for the £1500pa we pay for local services and that means not having to break our necks getting around the Town.I'm sure the same applies in other parts of the Town.
On 8 Jan 2010 at 11:51am LTR wrote:
Yes it does. Thank you to all the wonderful town residents who have cleared in front of their homes, and elsewhere for us, despite all the threats of being liable etc etc.. Perhaps they should send a bill to whichever Council is responsible. it is pathetic. We could now have to pay incurance awards on top of the 1500.
On 8 Jan 2010 at 12:07pm Frosty wrote:
Where are these threats about being liable for clearing ice/snow from outside your pavement? It's just one of those urban myths thanks to the wretched ambulance chasing injury claims lawyers.
Here's an extract from the Brighton & Hove council website which makes it clear you would be highly unlikely to be sued unless you did something particularly dim:

We've responded to speculation around people who clear outside their properties could be sued if someone then injured themselves on the treated area. While we cannot give categorical legal advice, we can say that doing so would be highly unlikely to give rise to any legal liability. Following an accident, a claimant would need to show that:
the way the householder tried to clear the ice created or made the situation worse
the injury sustained is the result of the actions of the householder and not just snow/ice
the actions of the householder were not what one would expect a reasonable householder to have done
it was reasonably foreseeable that their action would cause damage or injury to passers by
It is therefore unlikely that any such claims would succeed.
On 8 Jan 2010 at 12:20pm Ceilia Laneva wrote:
I quite agree. I helped by hosing down the path outside our houses last night. That got rid of all the snow.
On 8 Jan 2010 at 1:43pm local one wrote:
I've just tried setting fire to a small cardbox box in the ice rink that is Mount Place. The idea was to get the ash to grip. It worked really well but Plod has just come out and told me to stop as it's an offence to make fires on the public highway. I was then told to clear up my mess. He's now gone back to his cosy little office having made the world a safer place.
On 9 Jan 2010 at 7:50pm moi wrote:
the bridge is fine, just been over it

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