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‘Worst pavement’ is ignored for months
A MUM feared someone would get hurt because of the dangerous state of pavements outside her home, but she did not expect it to be her son.
Lyndsey Martin’s six-year-old son, Ashley Martin-Octave, needed eight stitches in his eyebrow after flying over the handlebars of his scooter, in Third Walk, Canvey .
The wheel got stuck in one of the broken parts of the pavement and his face smashed into the ground.
Miss Martin said: “It was like someone had been murdered. I’ve never seen so much blood in my life. It was horrible.”
She and her neighbours say they have been complaining to Castle Point Council about the pavements in the road for about 20 months.
Miss Martin claims inspectors have carried out three visits and told her it is an “urgent” case and they are the “worst pavements they have seen”, but still nothing has been done.
She said: “It’s gradually getting worse.
“I keep phoning and phoning, yet they’re still not rushing to fix it.
“It should have been done on September 10, but I’ve been told the council is waiting to find out how much it’s going to cost.
“It shouldn’t be about that. Is it going to wait until someone smashes their head and it’s fatal? Because that’s how bad it is.
“Something needs to be done.”
Miss Martin’s son is not the first person to come a cropper on a pavement on Canvey.
Pauline Browne, 77, tripped on a ridge in the pavement on Canvey High Street on September 20, and last month Jackie Shiraishi, 68, from West Yorkshire, had been enjoying her summer holiday in Runnymede, until she fell on an uneven pavement in Westwood Road and broke her nose.
Castle Point Council was unavailable for comment.