Disabled man calls for path improvements between Stamford and Ryhall

Terry Browning is calling for a wider footpath in Ryhall Road, Stamford, as he says it is too narrow and unsafe for disabled people in mobility scooters.'Photo: MSMP070513-008ow
Terry Browning is calling for a wider footpath in Ryhall Road, Stamford, as he says it is too narrow and unsafe for disabled people in mobility scooters.'Photo: MSMP070513-008ow

A disabled man who says he fears for his life when he drives his mobility scooter along a busy road is calling for a pedestrian pathway.

Terry Browning, 64, believes he will be hit by a car going 60mph when he drives down the Ryhall Road, between Stamford and Ryhall, because a stretch of the path is too narrow for his scooter, forcing him onto the road.

Terry, who lives in Ryhall Road, Ryhall, uses the road six days a week to get to his work at the Travellers Rest Cafe at Stamford bus station.

Terry was severely injured in a car crash 23 years ago and is registered disabled.

He is now calling for Lincolnshire County Council to install a pedestrian pathway at the 20 metre stretch of road, which lies just south of the gates to Borderville Farm Cottage, to make it safer for himself and others who use it.

He said: “There’s cars going past at 60mph and I’m really frightened of going down there.

“I could be knocked off my scooter and I would not stand a chance with cars going at that speed.

“It’s such a busy road and I really am frightened I’m going to be hit when I have to pull out into the road.”

Cyclists and pedestrians have also complained of the problem.

John Lyon, 75, of Rutland Way, Ryhall, who regularly cycles along the route, said: “You have to cycle right on the edge of the road and with passing traffic going at 60mph it makes it quite hazardous.

“I’m always concerned about my safety.

“If it is widened it should be made a dual use path for cyclists and pedestrians.”

Lincolnshire County Council said it was aware of the problem and would be looking to make amendments to the path in the future.

Head of highways at the council Brian Thompson said: “It’s not possible for me to give a guarantee at this stage, but I am hopeful that funding will become able in the near future to enable us to build a footpath on the Ryhall Road.”