Masthead Local Govt - Litigation

City council faces £1.5m claim after cyclist death at harbour

The family of a cyclist who fell from his bike and drowned in Bristol harbour are seeking up to £1.5m in compensation from the city council, it has been reported.

The case is due to be heard later this year.

Sean Phillips died in the accident in March 2013 and his family believes there should have been protection along the edge of the harbour wall.

Two members of the public jumped into the water to try to save him but without success.

The BBC has reported that Judge Veronique Buehrlen QC said: “This is a serious claim arising out of a serious tragedy. The claim has been valued at £1.1 to £1.5m."

Lawyers for Ms Liddle said barriers should have been in place and warning signs were in the wrong position, too small and easily missed and that risk assessment should have been made of the potential for falls.

The council said in a statement: "We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident which took the life of Sean Phillips in 2014. Safety around the Harbourside area is hugely important and we are continuing to work hard to balance the risks for all users."

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