20th Oct, 2020

Safety concerns raised about 'shoddy' pedestrian crossing

Joshua Godfrey 9th Nov, 2017 Updated: 9th Nov, 2017

A CONCERNED Evesham woman has slammed highways chiefs for the ‘shoddy’ state of a pedestrian crossing and claimed mobility scooter and wheelchair users are forced to go on the road to get round the traffic light post.

Marnie Wall told the Observer she is shocked at the work carried out by Worcestershire County Council who recently installed the new pedestrian crossing on Cheltenham Road.

The disgruntled resident has said mobility scooter and wheelchair users were forced into the road to get round the traffic light post because there is not a big enough gap between the post and two metal cabinets.

“I noticed last Thursday morning the work had been finished on the lights,” Marnie said.

“There had been a set of portable temporary lights there for a while. They were bulky and took up a lot of the already narrow pathway. I was shocked to see what had been left after the work had been finished.

“On my way home on the Friday, my handbag was just hanging on my arm and I had to bring it across my front when going through the gap to stop it hitting the post of the traffic light.

“How anyone with a wheelchair, mobility scooter or even a pushchair will navigate around the post with ease is beyond me.

“That’s when I decided to post something about it on Facebook.

“A lady has already commented and said that she has hit the post in her mobility scooter already.

“It is totally shoddy workmanship to leave it the way it is.”

In response, a Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said the authority was aware of the issue and the cabinet would be removed in the near future.

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