Pavement danger sees man in A&E and pledge for repairs
Repairs are due to be carried out today to a town centre’s pavements after a man ended up in A&E.
Sixty-five-year-old Craig Hallam, from Guyhirn, tripped over uneven paving slabs in Broad Street, March and badly hurt his leg, forcing him to seek hospital treatment for the bruising and swelling.
Craig welcomed news of the repairs and hopes the council keeps to its promise to carry them out. A spokesperson said they were ordered on July 30, but they will come too late for Craig.
He said the incident on Sunday, August 8 left him badly shaken and in need of help getting up.
Craig said: “One minute I’m walking across the road, the next I’m falling to the ground. When I looked to see what had caused me to trip I could see just how bad the paving slabs were.
“They are all lifting up and are really uneven. I’m a relatively mobile person but I still managed to trip over.
“The kind young couple who helped me up from Tesco Express said they have seen people fall in the same spot all the time and when I went to Doddington MIU to get it treated the nurse I saw said they had treated a number of people for falls that happened in Broad Street.
“Unfortunately my leg continued to swell up and because I’m at risk from blood clots I landed up having to go to Peterborough A&E for further treatment.
“I contacted Cambridgeshire County council about what had happened and said the paving slabs need relaying because they are a dangerous trip hazard, but they really didn’t seem interested.
“I was lucky I only hurt my leg, but someone else might not be so lucky and they could fall and hit their head.
“As the couple from Tesco said ‘I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last’ to trip over these slabs if they are not made safe.
“But to be honest it is not just these slabs in Broad Street that are bad, some of the pavements in March are in a terrible state, and nobody seems bothered to do anything about them.”
However, Councillor Peter McDonald, chairman of Cambridgeshire’s highways and transport committee, has promised swift action over the Broad Street issue.
He said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Hallam’s fall and wish him a speedy recovery.
“We are aware of the issue with the paving slabs in Broad Street and works to fix them will be carried out on Wednesday (18).”