Bury St Edmunds-Jenny Gough uses a mobility scooter and has to go onto the highway where a pavement has been damaged by a tree root. She says she is apprehensive that a automobile will come round the corner and hit her.
Jennifer Gough, 78, feels ‘terrified’ of being hit by oncoming traffic when she makes her approach to the Davers Court Day Centre on Shakers Lane, where an overgrown and crumbling pavement means her scooter is susceptible to toppling over.
Mrs Gough and Suffolk county councillor Trevor Beckwith have campaigned for the pavement to be repaired since August last year however their efforts have been to no avail, with Suffolk County Council saying it doesn’t meet the intervention criteria. Following a front page story within the Bury Free Press two weeks ago about another pensioner who tripped on a broken pavement and hit her face, Mrs Gough is urging the council to commit to pavement and street repairs to stop other accidents.
“It’s very dangerous and I’m not pleased about it. I’ve to go fairly far out on to the road which I don’t like doing because I’m terrified a car is going to come fast round the corner and hit me,” stated Mrs Gough, of Cotton Lane, Bury. She additionally mentioned that it’s not just those using mobility scooters who are at risk.
She has had to purchase her husband, who has dementia, a walking stick as he has tripped three times this year, leaving him with bruised ribs. Councillor Beckwith stated: “I don’t get the council’s thinking at all. This isn’t a small pothole we’re trying to keep away from. It’s someone in a mobility scooter who already feels vulnerable and who shouldn’t have to fret about being hit by a car on her way to the day centre. I feel the decision makers ought to put themselves in a vulnerable person’s place and think again.”
A spokesman for Suffolk County Council stated: “No work is due to be carried out on the pavement just now. Nevertheless, the pavement is going to be monitored by an engineer and if its condition deteriorates, work shall be done.”