Aylsham Town Council hit with £200 bill for new trousers and painkillers after woman falls from council-owned bench

PUBLISHED: 09:40 19 June 2014

Aylsham Parish Church where the bench was.

Aylsham Parish Church where the bench was.

Aylsham Town Council has been hit with a bill of £200 for pain relief, a new pair of trousers and “loss of amenity” after a woman fell from a damaged council-owned bench.

It happened on May 19 on a bench outside Aylsham Parish Church when one of its legs gave way and a woman, who was due to go on holiday, fell back and hurt her head.

At last week’s council meeting, clerk Sue Lake said the woman had come into the office following the accident and spoken to the now retired council clerk, Mo Anderson-Dunger.

Mrs Lake, who said the woman had torn her trousers while falling from the bench, said: “Mo asked if she wanted her to get a doctor and she said she was not going to make a claim unless she couldn’t go on holiday.

“She then sent a bill asking for £200 for the cost of medicine, new trousers and loss of amenity because although she still went on holiday her head hurt so she didn’t look very nice.”

Mrs Lake said the woman, who was to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary, had not seen a doctor due to a phobia and had got the medicine from a chemist.

The council said it would honour the claim.

The bench has been removed and the council said it would check all council-owned benches regularly.


  • Well, the Council owns the bench and expect people to sit on it. So they have a responsibility to make sure it's safe. Did they previously inspect their benches on a reasonably regular basis? Maybe, maybe not. For some people falling off a broken bench would be a laugh, for some people, particularly an elderly person, it could cause a great deal of upset, even if significant injury did not happen. Was the upset and injury in this case worth £200 compensation, well except for the person directly involved, nobody can probably be sure, I will give them the benefit. What is sure that it may well be a good idea for benches to be checked occasionally. If the person had fallen and really cracked their head and ended up seriously hurt (yes it does happen with a fall as simple as from off a bench) then the costs could have been much higher. So maybe it has been a relatively low cost and valuable lesson for those who have a duty of care to the public.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • typical council attitude they can so easily throw away taxpayers money

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • £200 for painkillers she couldn't prove she needed because of a 'phobia' of doctors .convenient . No phobia about screwing over ratepayers then

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • Well here is one council paying out shall we say honourably because a piece of street furniture in their charge was faulty. But then we have NCC behaving like irrational misers where school transport is concerned.And the EDP allows no comments Show us , EDP a photo and a name for the person at NCC who thinks it is appropriate for a child or even parent and child to walk a route to school which includes crossing an arable field-which will be sprayed for weeds, fungal diseases and aphids at least once for each in a growing season, ploughed, harvested etc and be muddy even when reinstated. Show us the person who thinks it is ok for primary school children to walk on narrow high banked roads in June and July when holiday makers are about. Did they really do an on the ground walk themselves? Are they middle aged men or young adults who have never looked after children? Or did they just use google earth? £74 a term per child may not seem much to the EDP, but to those on low incomes in rural areas it is a lot. It is no wonder white working class children fall behind at school when councils treat them like this.My generation may have walked alone to school along lanes but this is not the 1950s.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

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    Steady On

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

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