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Halstead: Broken pavements are put in the picture
5:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
TWO campaigners have turned detective to photograph “dangerous” pavements in Halstead.
Derik Hall, 72, and Eric Smith, 86, are concerned that broken pavements in Halstead High Street and Bridge Street could cause someone to trip over and hurt themselves. The pair have photographed the worst areas as evidence.
Mr Hall, of Edmund Green, in Gosfield, said: “On the side of the road near Weavers Court and when you go past the Bull Hotel the pavements are quite dangerous.
“They are broken up and bits have sunk down so someone could easily trip. It is a big problem, especially with the bad weather coming up and it could be very dangerous for the elderly.”
Mr Smith, of Oak Yard, in Chapel Street, Halstead, said: “I’ve use a walking stick as if it’s dark I can’t always see the broken paving slabs and could quite easily fall. It does make me quite nervous.”
An Essex Highways officer said: “The extreme weather conditions last year and at the beginning of this year have caused damage to the county’s road network, increasing the need for repairs.
“Since April 2013 we have fixed 21,013 defects throughout Essex. We have been made aware of a number of defects in the High Street in Halstead and two defects for Bridge Street.
“An engineer will attend the site soon to establish if conditions have worsened since the last inspection and they will be dealt with appropriately.”
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