A WOMAN who fell face first after tripping on uneven paving stones has called on the council to address the “poor condition” of Bridlington’s pavements.
Jan Bowes, of Thoresby Close, sustained heavy bruising and swelling to her face, and says she has since suffered headaches, after her fall on Prospect Street, outside Easy Kleen dry cleaners, on Saturday October 6.
This came only weeks after the owners of Easy Kleen had complained to East Riding of Yorkshire Council about the uneven paving stones, after witnessing numerous people tripping up outside their business.
Mrs Bowes, who was taken to Scarborough Hospital by ambulance after her fall, said: “I had only come into town to do a little bit of shopping, but before I knew what happened I was on the floor in lots of pain.
“The frustrating thing is that the owners at Easy Kleen had reported the problems not long beforehand, but the there must be a two to three inch height difference between one paving slab and another. It is so easy to fall, something needs doing about the poor condition of the pavement.
“So much money has been spent on paving around the Spa and other areas of town, yet the rest of Bridlington is dangerous.”
Mrs Bowes, 68, thanked Scott Kilner, manager at Yorkshire Trading Company, and Elaine Westaby, the manager at EasyKleen, who helped her until and ambulance arrived.
“Scott stayed with me, he was right behind me when it happened and he said he saw my feet leave the ground. That’s how hard I fell. Then Elaine at EasyKleen let me sit down in her shop until the ambulance came, I was very shaken.
“I would also like to thank the paramedics and all the staff at Scarborough Hospital who were excellent in taking care of me.”
Jan was then taken to Scarborough Hospital on a spinal board, wearing a neck brace, and received x-rays before being allowed home.
Elaine Westaby, manager at Easy Kleen, confirmed that they had complained to East Riding of Yorkshire Council only weeks before Mrs Bowes accident. She said: “It has happened lots of times, we see people quite regularly stumble outside our window because the stones on the pavement are uneven. Some people stumble, some fall over completely. We reported it to the council about two weeks before the lady fell and needed an ambulance.
“It could have been avoided.”
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is sorry to hear of Mrs Bowes accident and wishes her a speedy recovery.
“The council conducts regular checks of Bridlington town centre, with Prospect Street subject to a monthly walked inspection.
“Any actionable defects identified are repaired as required and we also attend site and inspect on an ad hoc basis should we receive any reports from residents or visitors and arrange remedial works if required.
“Unfortunately concrete flagged footways are prone to damage by vehicles, in particular large delivery vehicles, when they overrun or park upon the surface.”