Pensioners call for action over perilous pavements

Worried: Shirley Walker on the badly cracked pavement at Marsh Way, Penwortham
Worried: Shirley Walker on the badly cracked pavement at Marsh Way, Penwortham
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PENSIONERS have demanded action on a potholed pavement in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Several elderly residents have fallen on the cracked patch of pavement on Marsh Way, Penwortham.

And wheelchair user Shirley Walker has called on the council to take action to prevent more accidents.

She said: “I’m in a wheelchair and one day in July using this pavement I was nearly seriously injured.

“It is a hazard, there are a lot of elderly people round here and someone is going to be seriously injured - I’ve rang the council a number of times but nothing has been done.”

Pensioner Dave Jackson lives opposite the patch of pavement and he has seen two incidents in the last few months.

He said: “I’ve seen two elderly women fall on the pavement. It seems to be a problem for everyone who walks there.

“I can’t walk but thankfully a passer by stopped to help.”

Shirley, of Higher Croft, Penwortham, has used a wheelchair since she fell over a man hole cover 16 years ago. The 67-year-old is now forced togo into the road.

She said: “The pavement is cracked and it is all misshapen. I went over it and I was nearly flung out of the chair into the bushes.

“It is the only way I can go to Booths to do my shopping and now I have to go on the road to avoid it.”

Paul Dunne, highways manager for South Ribble said: “Our engineers inspected this section of pavement on Marsh Way and work to carry out reconstruction of the footpath has been added to our maintenance schedule.

“We have to prioritise repair work according to the severity of the problem; however we will be carrying this work in the next few weeks.“