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Mum-to-be's worry over slippery pavement inaction
10:00am Thursday 26th December 2013 in News
A PREGNANT woman who fell outside her home in Andover is concerned that nothing is being done to sort the slippery paving.
Mother-of-one Leanne Harrison, who lives in one of a row of bungalows especially designed for people with mobility problems in Camelot Close, has asked landlords Aster Communities to improve the paving, which attracts moss and dirt making it slimy and slippery for residents. She also wants a grit bin for when the weather becomes icy and the communal area becomes like an “ice rink”.
But Miss Harrison, who wears a pelvic belt after breaking her back in two places in a horse riding accident three years ago, has said that she has not had any success in getting a permanent solution to the problem.
The mother-to-be, who is six months pregnant, slipped on the paving outside her front door on 6 November. She was taken to Basingstoke hospital where her baby was fortunately given the all clear. However, since the fall Miss Harrison’s back pain has greatly increased and, despite a one-off power wash, she claims that Aster Communities has not helped her avoid another accident.
She said: “It’s not just me but my neighbour is elderly and she has had her hips operated on and my other neighbour has also had hip operations.
“I can’t risk falling, especially with my back.”
The 27-year-old added: “For seven years I have been fighting for a grit bin as it’s so dangerous out there. When it’s icy it’s lethal up here, it’s like an ice rink.”
An Aster Group spokesperson said: “We can confirm we’re liaising with customers at Camelot Close, Andover, regarding problems they’ve been having with a communal pathway outside their homes.
“The safety and well-being of our customers is our top priority and we’re always sorry to hear about any of them experiencing problems.
“We’re continuing to work with our customers at Camelot Close to try to resolve this as soon as possible.”
Miss Harrison’s partner, 28-year-old Steven Fiddes, also slipped in the communal area just last week, grazing his arm and chin and ripping his trainers.
Mr Fiddes, who is Miss Harrison’s full-time carer, said: “It’s not fair when other people in the area have grit bins and we don’t.”
Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m sorry to hear about these accidents.
“Highways officers have been out to look at the paving outside Camelot Close, can confirm that this land is owned by Aster Communities and is not public highway.
“We have made Aster Communities aware of this problem on their land as they are responsible for its maintenance.
“Community grit bins can only be placed on footways next to public highway and there is a grit bin nearby to Camelot Close on the verge next to the road.”