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Petition launched after falls on unsafe pavements

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A pavement petition has been launched by Forsbrook Parish Council. More than 100 people have signed the online petition to Staffordshire County Council asking for an upgrade of pavements in Uttoxeter Road.

A pavement petition has been launched by Forsbrook Parish Council.

More than 100 people have signed the online petition to Staffordshire County Council asking for an upgrade of pavements in Uttoxeter Road.

The issue had previously been raised on a village Facebook page by residents concerned over the uneven surface.

Tracey Kay, aged 53, lives in Uttoxeter Road and has already fallen twice when walking on the pavement. She said: “I reported this two years ago and all they did was fill in a pot hole at the bottom of my drive.

I have a grandson just down the road and pushing him along (in a pushchair) is a joke. The pavement makes it dangerous.

Over the last three years it has deteriorated and now it’s really bad. I posted on Facebook and one young lady commented with a picture of her swollen ankle – injured after falling.

Another older lady said she’d fallen and is now afraid to come out.

When I reported this again, the council sent a response saying the pavement had been inspected and was classed as ‘non-urgent repairs’ needed because it didn’t pose a hazard.

It’s unsafe for children, it’s unsafe for older people – unsafe for anyone really.

Cars mount the pavement to pass each other and the traffic has increased since more houses have been built in the village.

We need something doing now.”

Forsbrook Parish Council are petitioning for pavement repairs from Blythe Bridge railway station along Uttoxeter Road on both sides to the junction with the A521.

Supporting the petition, which is available to view online, the council said: “The parish council along with several residents have continually reported the state of the pavements on Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge.

Several members of the public have fallen due to the state of them. Due to the Blythe Fields development the increase in traffic on the road is substantial, especially HGVs.

Members of the public cannot walk on the pavements without fear of tripping into the road. When the traffic is particularly bad the pavements are continually mounted by vehicles.

Vehicles are regularly parked on the pavements.”

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We do listen to residents and work with local communities when there is an issue affecting their neighbourhood.

Our highways crews inspect all reports of damage to pavements and prioritise them according to the risk they may cause to the public. Repairs and maintenance are then carried out as appropriate and when resources are available.

Our highways teams will continue to monitor the area to keep the pavements safe and of course we will consider the petition when we receive it.”

The petition was launched last week at Staffordshire.gov.uk and will run until October 6. It can be found at http://moderngov.staffordshire.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=148.

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  • Thank you for highlighting this problem we have in Blythe Bridge - myself and my husband have both signed the Petition - several times I have nearly fallen due to twisting my ankle over in one of the hundreds of potholes there are on such a small stretch of pavement! I bet if I did fall and took a photo of the offending pothole and then claimed financially off the Council - they would soon repair it then!
    Written by Jacqueline Clark, September 5, 2020 - Reply
  • How and why did the Council allow the standards of what is acceptable for pavement safety fall so low ? How can you expect people to cherish and have pride in their environment when a walk through the Village is met with this unstable , disgusting eyesore. We pay enough Council tax. Please do your job and repair the walkway or is it acceptable to allow the downward spiral to continue ? Disgrace.
    Written by Paul Clark, September 5, 2020 - Reply

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