Driver, 86, launches legal action against Liverpool Council over 'potholes' damaging his car

An 86-year-old man is taking on Liverpool Council claiming the city’s roads have damaged his pride and joy car. Barry Iddon has launched legal action against the council after claiming the shocking state of the roads near to his home in Speke[1] have left his much-loved and highly individual Citroen 2CV off the road. The former HGV driver is referring to include Hale Road, Hale Drive and Dunlop Road and he has taken photographs to demonstrate the terrible state of repair they are currently in.

The city council is coming under increasing pressure regarding the crumbling road network in Liverpool[2] and Mayor Joe Anderson has said he is ’embarrassed’ by the current situation. The Mayor – who said he has already had to borrow GBP80m because of a lack of government funding – has hinted that a major announcement about road repairs will be on the way soon.

Barry Iddon’s Citroen 2CV has been badly damaged – and he blames Liverpool’s roads

Mr Iddon, who lives in East Millwood Road, said he wants the council to pay for the damage to his car – which was once ridden in by stars including Scouse comic Ken Dodd and American acting legend Gregory Peck.

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The pensioner said: “I use these routes to head into town quite regularly. “The potholes have done extensive damage to my car after going over them every day.

Barry Iddon’s eye-catching car was a hit with stars like comedian Ken Dodd

“The final straw came when I hit one and it tore the suspension right out of the chassis and snapped the axel – this happened on January 12.

“That was basically the car written off – well it would have been to anyone else, but I decided to work on it for the next few months, which meant I was frequently working underneath the car.”

86-year-old Barry Iddon posted these images of roads in the Speke area on social media

Mr Iddon said the damage to his Citroen is particularly painful as it is his pride and joy and has been ridden in my major celebrities over the year.

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He spent time working as a celebrity photographer and ended up driving the likes of Ken Dodd and Gregory Peck – who famously played Atticus Finch in the film of To Kill a Mockingbird – around when they were attending events on Merseyside. He said: “Ken loved the car, everyone who sees it finds it quite funny to look at – but then they love it.”

Barry Iddon said he is taking legal action against Liverpool City Council because of the state of the roads

He said he intends to take his action against the council all the way, adding: “I have put a claim into the council and I am going to pursue it – I have told them what it has cost me, which is about GBP400 – and that is a very low estimate – It has passed its MOT for the past 5 years in a row”.” He added: “I think they think I am just going to go away – but I’m not prepared to.”

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A Liverpool Council spokesman said: “We are aware of Mr Iddon’s complaint and have been in regular contact with him about the issue both in writing and over the phone.

Barry Iddon has complained about the state of the roads in the Speke area where he lives

“Mr Iddon has been kept updated on the action we have taken.

We have asked Mr Iddon to identify the exact location of the pothole he claims has caused the damage so we can continue to make progress.”

Local councils across the country are routinely the subject of claims from drivers who believe damage has been done to their cars because of the state of roads.

References

  1. ^ Speke (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ crumbling road network in Liverpool (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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