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Owner of car damaged by unsafe Haverhill traffic island receives pay out from Suffolk County Council




A man who was left with a £425 repair bill after his car hit an unlit pedestrian island at night time in Haverhill has received compensation from Suffolk Highways after it accepted liability.

And after winning his case Ray Turney has given credit to the Echo for highlighting what happened to him back on January 14.

Repairs had to made to a tyre, wheel and suspension on Mr Turney’s Ford Focus after it hit the island in Burton End at about 8.45pm.

Ray Turney and his friend Chrissy Ratcliff with his car that was damaged on an unmarked traffic island. Picture by Richard Marsham.
Ray Turney and his friend Chrissy Ratcliff with his car that was damaged on an unmarked traffic island. Picture by Richard Marsham.

He said he failed to see the concrete pedestrian refuge because a reflective safety bollard was missing and and went on to submit a claim for negligence against Suffolk Highways.

Read more about the incident HERE

The local authority denied any liability and rejected the claim made by Mr Turney, who lives in Cambridge.

The damaged pedestrian island in Burton End. The orange cone was not in place at the time of Mr Turney's accident
The damaged pedestrian island in Burton End. The orange cone was not in place at the time of Mr Turney's accident

The council’s response said: “There is no indication that this incident arose from any negligence on the part of Suffolk County Council as the inspections and repaired programme was operated correctly.”

He issued a county court summons against the county council but before it could go to court it admitted liability and settled, offering Mr Turney 90per cent of the repair costs and paying his £80 court fee.

Last Thursday the 74-year-old I received a cheque for£457.14 from Suffolk County Council in full agreed settlement.

He said: “I am disappointed they settled the dispute prior to the court hearing but it is less hassle and a result.

“I have accepted this offer, because further action could have diminished my argument.

“I believe that due to the coverage of the Haverhill Echo, and my determination, a reasonable result was achieved.”


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