The above Arun District Car Park surface isn’t Dangerous – reports Arun District Council’s Chief Executive, Nigel Lynn. Neither does Arun District Council undertake Risk Assessments for their Public Car Parks, as they don’t legally have to.
In a written reply to my complaint about the dangerous state of an area in the West Green Car Park, Mr Lynn replies as follows:
“Dear Mr Power,
We have spoken with the car parking team here regarding risk assessment and they have responded as below …
Arun District Council does not have specific risk assessments for specific car parks and it is not a legal requirement. The car parks are patrolled by our contract staff and where there are Health & Safety issues they are reported. The West Green car park was not closed because we considered it a safety issue but because we recognised that the amount of mud and water on the surface would deter people from parking in that area.”
No need for risk assessments as Arun isn’t legally obliged to undertake any.
Presumably they’re unaware of their Legal Duty Of Care to car park users under common law?
In any event in the absence of specific legislation requiring them to carry out a Risk Assessment, you’d imagine that common sense would require them.
And to claim that this car park isn’t dangerous, well what can I say?
Meanwhile, Arun District Council Car Parks have announced changes to their Car Parking Charges as detailed below.
The above poses no risk to public safety or is likely to pose hazard or danger to the elderly or those in wheelchairs or those pushing baby buggies?