Battle over ‘dangerous’ Poulton pavement

Ann Waring is complaining about the condition of pavements on Hardhorn Road in Poulton, which she says are hazardous, narrow, and unsuitable for older pedestrians or mums with prams.'Ann makes her way up Hardhorn Road.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-10-2014
Ann Waring is complaining about the condition of pavements on Hardhorn Road in Poulton, which she says are hazardous, narrow, and unsuitable for older pedestrians or mums with prams.'Ann makes her way up Hardhorn Road. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-10-2014

A campaigning pensioner is pleading for a “dangerous” stretch of pavement to be repaired – before someone is seriously hurt.

Ann Waring, 75, regularly walks into Poulton along Hardhorn Road and claims the uneven, cracked and narrow pavement is a treacherous walkway for pedestrians.

The stretch in question runs from the junction with Garstang Road East, along Hardhorn Road and into the town’s Queens Square and Miss Waring claims it has only ever been repaired in patches.

She said: “The pavement is so poorly maintained and it’s very hard to walk on.

“There’s so many patches it’s like a quilt.

“It’s dangerous because it goes all the way into Poulton and there’s not one place where it’s level.

“If it was level all the problems would be easier to deal with.

“I walk into Poulton regularly and so does my sister who is 85 and I dread the day when someone slips or falls and breaks something.”

With winter weather on the horizon, Miss Waring believes the path will get only worse if highways authority Lancashire County Council does not act.

She added: “This will be worse when winter comes.

“When it rains there’s a lot of puddles and when there’s snow it ices over and it’s really bad.”

Other neighbours in the area also raised concerns.

Rae Carruthers, 71, of Brompton Road, Poulton, said: “If people walk on the narrow pavement it’s very dangerous and I’m frightened that a car will catch my bag when it goes past.

“I do fear for some people on the uneven pavement and what’s going to happen to them.

“I would be concerned with the pavement if I wasn’t good on my feet.

“But at the moment I feel like I’m all right.”

English literature lecturer Jayne Steel, 50, of Beckdean Avenue, Poulton, added: “It’s quite dangerous, especially when you have to walk in the road.

“Even if you have kids it’s going to be difficult because you can’t hold their hands.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Wyre, said: “We will inspect the pavement on Hardhorn Road and deal with any urgent repairs that need to be made.

“We will also consider carrying out wider maintenance on the pavement at a later date.”

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