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AXMINSTER: Another tumble on dangerous pavement

Thursday, 12 June 2014

PAVING THE WAY: Estate agent Phil Roberts

PAVING THE WAY: Estate agent Phil Roberts

Paramedics were called after yet another pedestrian took a tumble on a notorious Axminster pavement. A woman in her 80s was propped up and treated in an estate agency before paramedics drove her home. Devon County Council promised action two years ago, but has not yet found the £1,300 required to amend the tricky stretch of pavement outside Fox & Sons in West Street. At least one firm of solicitors has advertised for information on behalf of an injured client, but DCC bosses say there has been no compensation payouts. Estate agents Amanda Curtis and Phil Roberts first highlighted the problem in August 2010, saying their workplace sometimes resembled an A&E department. This was because several pedestrians had falls and the estate agents provided basic first aid until medics arrived. At least one pedestrian was knocked unconscious and a number of them required hospital treatment after falls on the tricky pavement.One victim described the stretch of pavement as “very uneven, with several levels”. DCC responded swiftly by sending a team to inspect the pavement, but nothing else. Following another spate of falls in 2012, a DCC spokesperson said: “We are investigating whether we are able to take this scheme forward as part of the 2012/13 Local Transport Plan programme.” The most recent incident happened on Thursday, May 23rd when a lady in her 80s fell. South Western Ambulance Service confirmed a unit was despatched at 4.57pm and paramedics dealt with cuts and bruises. A DCC spokesperson said: “Although an improvement scheme has been identified for West Street and is earmarked within the Local Transport Plan programme, it has to be prioritised for funding along with other schemes across the county.”

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