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I've got the hump over my broken plane'

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 25 August 2010

COUNCIL bosses are refusing to cough up cash for a pensioner who claims a road bump broke his model aeroplane which took him 300 hours to make.

COUNCIL bosses are refusing to cough up cash for a pensioner who claims a road bump broke his model aeroplane which took him 300 hours to make.

Brian Marsh, 61, of Elsa Road, Welling, has been in a legal battle with Bexley council workers and its insurers, Zurich, for the past year.

The retired tablet colour technician claims the road humps in nearby Holmesdale Road are different from the standard ones and caused his beloved model aeroplane to break, even though it was in a padded box.

He said: "The car was being driven by a former ambulance driver and he told me 'these are very unfriendly humps'.

"The car just crashed down and broke the plane's undercarriage where the wheels are held by the shock absorbers. To repair it will be an absolute nightmare. It took about six months to make.

"I am not interested in money. I want someone to admit liability.

"An engineer told me the whole problem has cost the council more money in administration that what than what they would if they originally paid out. This is a waste of taxpayers' money.

"I know five other people who have had similar problems."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "Having investigated Mr Marsh's claims thoroughly we have found that there was nothing different or defective with the road hump.

"Road humps are installed as a traffic calming measure to slow drivers down and we would always advise motorists to negotiate them slowly and with care for the safety and comfort of passengers and their property.

"The London Borough of Bexley and our insurers have been in regular contact with Mr Marsh over this issue and now consider the claim closed."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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