Stamford fall victims urged to complain to Lincolnshire County Council
People who fall on Stamford’s cobbles and pavements are urged to complain to Lincolnshire County Council.
The call was made by Stamford West county councillor David Brailsford after he heard of yet more complaints from town councillors about the ‘dangerous’ cobbles at Red Lion Square.
Tuesday’s meeting of Stamford Town council heard of two fall victims in the square within two days, including Linda Cleminson, who suffered a broken hip, as reported in last week’s Mercury.
Town councillor John Dawson said such falls, needing the attention of police and ambulances, must cost the NHS and the police ‘tens of thousands’ to deal with.
He added: “Thousands of hours of NHS and police time is spent dealing with the untold upset and misery.”
Coun Brailsford replied ‘everyone’ who falls should complain to the county council, explaining how it happened.
For years, he said, he had been trying the get the surface of Red Lion Square improved, as it is a ‘potential danger, especially for the elderly.
Coun Brailsford said he regularly raises the issue with Coun Richard Davies, the executive member for highways, but he says there are budget constraints.
“It won’t be amiss to express our concerns to Lincolnshire County Council through Richard Davies. The sooner it’s rectified, the better for everybody.”
He continued: “The more help I get, the more I feel such repairs can be done sooner.”
“The surface as designed in Red Lion Square was always going to be a trip hazard. It wasn’t laid flat. It was designed to slow traffic down.”
Coun Bob Sandall says the problems with the square are well-known, adding most people want it tarmacking, as does the town council.
He then invited Coun Davies to address a future town council meeting.
Later, members approved funding for repairs to the surface of the town council-run recreation ground.
Coun Gloria Johnson said: “We don’t want anyone falling over and hurting themselves.”