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Stamford antiques shop owner calls for repairs to stop slabs tripping Cheyne Lane shoppers

An antiques shop owner wants action to repair damaged paving slabs outside her business and prevent further accidents.

Corinna Hoptroff, who runs Hoptroff and Lee Antiques in the Alley, believes Lincolnshire County Council have not taken her reports seriously enough.

She said a pedestrian suffered a broken cheekbone after tripping on uneven paving in Cheyne Lane in 2018.

Hoptroff and Lee Antiques partner Jason Lee points out the problem paving slabs. Photo: Corinna Hoptroff
Hoptroff and Lee Antiques partner Jason Lee points out the problem paving slabs. Photo: Corinna Hoptroff

Repairs were made, but have since deteriorated, and Corinna's efforts to get them repaired once more through the county council's FixMyStreet website have fallen on deaf ears.

"No-one is interested," she said.

"If we report it, all they come back and say is they've looked at it and it's not a priority, and it clearly is because people are falling over them.

"It has been going on for several years. Someone did come and repair them eventually, but they have been left for a couple of years and winter has lifted them again.

"It's all uneven with big bits sticking up."

Corinna believes the issue has resurfaced at the worst possible time.

"It seems the little lanes of Stamford get neglected and it's even more important now," she added.

"The small businesses who have had a bad time during lockdown need all the help they can get to get back on their feet, but it's not helping having these slabs all over the place.

"Everyone on this lane is going to suffer."

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "When we inspected the paving along Cheyne Lane recently, none of the slabs required urgent repairs to make them safe.

"We'll continue to monitor the paving, and if the condition deteriorates we'll repair it as necessary, as we did last year.

"We really do appreciate residents letting us know about problems on our roads through FixMyStreet so we can inspect and repair them."

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