My gran’s stuck in her home because of bad pavement

Echo: Help us – Elizabeth Mcleod and her grandaughter Tina King at the uneven path in Downey Close, Basildon Help us – Elizabeth Mcleod and her grandaughter Tina King at the uneven path in Downey Close, Basildon

A WOMAN who fears for the safety of her grandmother because of poor pavements is urging Essex County Council to make improvements.

Elizabeth Mcleod, 83, of Downey Close, underwent a hip operation last year and is unable to leave her house without help due to uneven pavements.

Her granddaughter, Tina King, said Ms Mcleod only leaves the house once a week whenamember of the family takes her shopping.

Ms Mcleod said: “I can’t leave the house by myself, before all this happened I used to walk to the shop to get the paper every morning, but it’s not safe for me to leave the house by myself anymore.”

Her family contacted the county council last September, but the issue was classed as a low priority.

She said: “I have contacted them again several times and told them it’s been like this for two years. The path is rocky and it’s only getting worse.”

In order to leave the house, Ms Mcleod must be seated in a wheelchair, but it is still difficult to move up the road.

Ms King said: “We need to tip her up the wheelchair to try and push her up the road, but this is very difficult because the paths move and they sink down.

“It’s very dangerous after the lights switch off at midnight because you can’t see where you’re going.”

The family said it is blocking Ms Mcleod’s independence.

Ms Mcleod’s daughter, Diane King, said: “She’s basically housebound. All we’re asking for the council to do is to fix the pavement.

“We don’t want anything else, and we just want the pavement sorted out so it will give her a little independence as well.”

A spokesman for Essex County Council, said: “An Essex Highways inspector will visit the location as a priority to conduct a risk assessment and establish any appropriate action that may be required.”

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8:25am Thu 27 Mar 14

Vange Resident says...

They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job!
They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job! Vange Resident
  • Score: 7

8:49am Thu 27 Mar 14

angryofessex says...

The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.
The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money. angryofessex
  • Score: 10

9:23am Thu 27 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

So she had a hip operation and cant get out of the house till it gets better. Fair enough.

If she went on the other side of the footpath her pushed wheelchair would easily make it.

I dont accept this complaint.
So she had a hip operation and cant get out of the house till it gets better. Fair enough. If she went on the other side of the footpath her pushed wheelchair would easily make it. I dont accept this complaint. Jack222
  • Score: -2

9:25am Thu 27 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Vange Resident wrote:
They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job!
Also a shame to see the multicoloured paving slabs (albeit faded) that had been down there for more than forty years and probably over fifty.

Another original feature of Basildon as a New Town gone forever
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job![/p][/quote]Also a shame to see the multicoloured paving slabs (albeit faded) that had been down there for more than forty years and probably over fifty. Another original feature of Basildon as a New Town gone forever Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

9:26am Thu 27 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Vange Resident wrote:
They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job!
Also a shame to see the multicoloured paving slabs (albeit faded) that had been down there for more than forty years and probably over fifty.

Another original feature of Basildon as a New Town gone forever
Sorry to ee the multi coloured paving slabs.........gone.


Apologies for omission
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job![/p][/quote]Also a shame to see the multicoloured paving slabs (albeit faded) that had been down there for more than forty years and probably over fifty. Another original feature of Basildon as a New Town gone forever[/p][/quote]Sorry to ee the multi coloured paving slabs.........gone. Apologies for omission Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

10:05am Thu 27 Mar 14

I-say-you-say says...

No the paths are not in the best of condition, but I do not accept the complaint behind this story.

Why can a member of her family only go once a week?! Surely if she is recovering from a hip operation you would ensure someone went there at least once a day if not more?! Surely a quick push down the road to the shops wouldn't be too much of a hassle for the family and would only take 10 minutes out of their evening.

As for it being more dangerous after the switch off (whilst I don't agree with the switch off itself), I'm pretty sure that would be irrelevant as I doubt Ms Mcleod would be out and about at those times of night!
No the paths are not in the best of condition, but I do not accept the complaint behind this story. Why can a member of her family only go once a week?! Surely if she is recovering from a hip operation you would ensure someone went there at least once a day if not more?! Surely a quick push down the road to the shops wouldn't be too much of a hassle for the family and would only take 10 minutes out of their evening. As for it being more dangerous after the switch off (whilst I don't agree with the switch off itself), I'm pretty sure that would be irrelevant as I doubt Ms Mcleod would be out and about at those times of night! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 17

11:21am Thu 27 Mar 14

timedontstandstill says...

Vange Resident wrote:
They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job!
l agree, schoolchildren could do a better job than some of these council workers.
My mother is in a similar situation and has to rely on a mobility scooter due to osteoarthritis of the spine, we live near the Palace Theatre and the pavements along the London Rd are worse than a 3rd world country, we were in Thailand, in an area of Bangkok 7 years ago and the pavements there were better than anything around here, shameful!
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: They will probably tarmac the whole pavement like they have done outside the police station and along the rest of that road in Basildon, looks terrible and a half ar5ed job![/p][/quote]l agree, schoolchildren could do a better job than some of these council workers. My mother is in a similar situation and has to rely on a mobility scooter due to osteoarthritis of the spine, we live near the Palace Theatre and the pavements along the London Rd are worse than a 3rd world country, we were in Thailand, in an area of Bangkok 7 years ago and the pavements there were better than anything around here, shameful! timedontstandstill
  • Score: 14

11:25am Thu 27 Mar 14

timedontstandstill says...

angryofessex wrote:
The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.
Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.[/p][/quote]Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation. timedontstandstill
  • Score: 4

11:52am Thu 27 Mar 14

angryofessex says...

timedontstandstill wrote:
angryofessex wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.
Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.
Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road.
[quote][p][bold]timedontstandstill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.[/p][/quote]Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.[/p][/quote]Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road. angryofessex
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Woodenspoon says...

angryofessex wrote:
timedontstandstill wrote:
angryofessex wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.
Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.
Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road.
If people want to park on the pavements or block the ramps for pedestrians, then there is nothing to stop you from causing damage to them as you walk past if they are a hindrance. When I was a parent with a pushchair, I would purposely scrape/scratch cars with the pushchair if they were on the pavement and break off wing mirrors. It's amazing how quickly they stop doing it.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timedontstandstill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.[/p][/quote]Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.[/p][/quote]Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road.[/p][/quote]If people want to park on the pavements or block the ramps for pedestrians, then there is nothing to stop you from causing damage to them as you walk past if they are a hindrance. When I was a parent with a pushchair, I would purposely scrape/scratch cars with the pushchair if they were on the pavement and break off wing mirrors. It's amazing how quickly they stop doing it. Woodenspoon
  • Score: 6

2:37pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

Woodenspoon wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
timedontstandstill wrote:
angryofessex wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.
Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.
Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road.
If people want to park on the pavements or block the ramps for pedestrians, then there is nothing to stop you from causing damage to them as you walk past if they are a hindrance. When I was a parent with a pushchair, I would purposely scrape/scratch cars with the pushchair if they were on the pavement and break off wing mirrors. It's amazing how quickly they stop doing it.
You were lucky you weren't caught for criminal damage but I have to admit I often think about doing it myself. These people who park cars on the pavements are an inconsiderate nuisance. Roads are for car, pavements are for pedestrians
Think all councils should fine people for parking on paths.
[quote][p][bold]Woodenspoon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timedontstandstill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: The council recently installed pavement ramps in Baz for the disabled, only for them to be utilised as ramps for pavement parking, which they seem consider acceptable; consequently it was a total waste of money.[/p][/quote]Well it wouldn`t be a waste of money if parking attendants made sure that they were used for the correct purpose that they were intended for, and handed out fines for those that repeatedly disobeyed. lt`s all down to organisation.[/p][/quote]Baz council states it will not prosecute for parking on pavements unless there is a double yellow line on the road.[/p][/quote]If people want to park on the pavements or block the ramps for pedestrians, then there is nothing to stop you from causing damage to them as you walk past if they are a hindrance. When I was a parent with a pushchair, I would purposely scrape/scratch cars with the pushchair if they were on the pavement and break off wing mirrors. It's amazing how quickly they stop doing it.[/p][/quote]You were lucky you weren't caught for criminal damage but I have to admit I often think about doing it myself. These people who park cars on the pavements are an inconsiderate nuisance. Roads are for car, pavements are for pedestrians Think all councils should fine people for parking on paths. Idontknowy
  • Score: 10

10:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

smiffy22 says...

Seriously? Sounds quite contrived. Especially the bit about walking the pavements after midnight when the lights are off. Even if she did feel inclined to do this, has she not heard of torches>
The pavement will never be as smooth as a snooker table. That's just the way it is.

Smiffy22
Seriously? Sounds quite contrived. Especially the bit about walking the pavements after midnight when the lights are off. Even if she did feel inclined to do this, has she not heard of torches> The pavement will never be as smooth as a snooker table. That's just the way it is. Smiffy22 smiffy22
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

_Lotus_ says...

Jack222 wrote:
So she had a hip operation and cant get out of the house till it gets better. Fair enough.

If she went on the other side of the footpath her pushed wheelchair would easily make it.

I dont accept this complaint.
No, she wouldn't. The wheelchair would not fit through that gap.

Whether you accept her complaint or not, makes no difference, she still cannot get the hell out and about!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: So she had a hip operation and cant get out of the house till it gets better. Fair enough. If she went on the other side of the footpath her pushed wheelchair would easily make it. I dont accept this complaint.[/p][/quote]No, she wouldn't. The wheelchair would not fit through that gap. Whether you accept her complaint or not, makes no difference, she still cannot get the hell out and about!!! _Lotus_
  • Score: 0

5:28am Fri 28 Mar 14

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