Path is perilous for the elderly

Hastings Observer letters
Hastings Observer letters

We hear a lot about heath and safety. However it would seem that the highways department are showing a callous disregard to the safety of elderly, sick and disabled old people who attend the Isobel Blackman Centre in Winding Street.

An official from the highways department came to look at the pavement outside the centre.

There are places where the tarmac has worn away, the path has become uneven and the curb also needs attention. We were told that the condition of the path was not bad enough to be repaired.

Has someone got to be seriously injured (or worse) before action is taken?

This person did not seem to take into consideration the effect of a fall could have on the people who attend this centre which is open 365 days a year. These old people are aged 60 to over 90. If any one of these had a fall because of the state the this path the consequences do no bear thinking about

Pull you finger out and repair this path and avoid a lot of possible pain to the people and a very expensive bill for compensation, to say nothing of the additional cost to the NHS.

I attend IBC twice a week. I am a stroke victim and am paralysed down my right side.

We are looked after by a group of wonderful caring staff and helpers. We have a good lunch each day and are well entertained. We do no want to walk a obstacle course to see our friends.

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