A MAN has started a petition in an attempt to persuade the county council to fix a dangerous footpath in Hadleigh.

Alexander George Bull, 86, who uses an electric wheelchair, says he faces danger every time he travels along the uneven pavement from Poors Lane to Rectory Road.

The path, which is on a camber, is missing kerb stones and Mr Bull is worried his wheelchair could tip into the busy road.

Mr Bull, of Fernwood, said: “The path has not been touched for 20 years. There are no kerb stones in some parts. It is highly dangerous. It slopes down to the road, we have huge puddles and it’s a very uneven surface.”

Mr Bull has been in contact with several authorities, including Castle Point Council and Essex County Council, for more than 20 years regarding the issue.

He has also gained the support of county councillor Jillian Reeves, who represents Hadleigh.

She wrote to the county council on Mr Bull’s behalf last year, but was advised the road did not meet the criteria for immediate repair.

Despite lobbying for years, the road still has not been fixed and now Mr Bull has decided to take matters into his own hands by starting a petition.

He has already won the support of 50 residents and hopes more will sign to help him persuade the county council to fix the road.

He said: “So far, most of the people who use the footpath every day are disgusted by it.

“I have been lobbying the council over it for 20 years, but nobody wants to know.

“I know it’s not a major job, but I am sure people’s safety is more important and money should not be an issue.”

A spokeswoman for Essex County Council said any repairs considered necessary are carried out within the timescales determined by a risk assessment and prioritised according to how unsafe they are making the road or footpath.

She said: “Poors Lane is a local road and is inspected on an annual basis. Rectory Road is inspected quarterly in line with Essex Highways’ Maintenance Strategy.

“We understand the concerns highlighted and will aim to fix all defects identified as part of our ongoing programme of works.”