Can I claim from my local council for tyre damage caused by traffic chicanes?

Your column ran an article in year 2000 regarding the chicanes on Copse Hill, Wimbledon, which were installed in early 1998 but by the summer of 1998 they were held to have been responsible for about 100 accidents. The chicanes are still claiming victims, and I fell foul whilst driving my X3 up Copse Hill in February 2013. I have asked Merton Borough Council to reimburse the cost of two damaged nearside tyres, i.e. £545, but their insurers, Zurich Municipal, have told me that the chicanes in their view do not pose any particular hazard, and that the chicanes are fit for purpose. The rate of accidents in 1998 suggests otherwise, and it will be helpful if you can tell me from your extensive knowledge whether the rate of accidents has continued subsequently so that I may refute the insurers surprising statements.

Asked on 27 July 2013 by RC, Fetcham, Surrey

Answered by Honest John
This became a big issue back in year 2000 and there was even a massive residents meeting in the church hall at the Wimbledon Village end of Copse Hill. But the council (headed by its ridiculously highly paid chief executive) held fast and refused to relent. Because it's a local issue, since then I've only heard of one or two instances. But if you want to do something, you should arouse the locals into a rebellion against Merton Council over this.
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