Malcolm, 88, calls for action after 6 falls on Stoke-on-Trent pavements – Stoke-on-Trent Live


Pensioner Malcolm Roberts is demanding action over loose paving slabs and other trip hazards after suffering six falls on Stoke-on-Trent streets.

The 88-year-old, from Smallthorne, says he is fed up of reporting problems to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

He has tumbled several times in the last three years and has reported every road defect that tripped him up.

But just yards from his Wooldridge Court home, Malcolm says more issues are forming and some remain as unsafe as the day he fell on them – more than a year ago.

The former Wedgwood labourer told StokeonTrentLive he was well within his rights to lodge a claim after his falls, but didn’t, as he just wants safer roads for elderly people, children and mothers.

He said: “It’s where you cross over the road on the bumpy area. Every so often, it goes straight down, but it’s not painted. It should be painted red so people know it’s dangerous.”



Malcolm points to a hazard he thinks should be painted red

Malcolm has fallen over in Tunstall at a crossing, resulting in a black eye. He has also tripped up in Burslem, Burslem Park, Hanley and outside Smallthorne post office in Ford Green Road – just steps from his flat.

“The post office one, I just tripped,” added the octogenarian. “The day before, someone fell and split their ear. Most of them haven’t been touched.



Malcolm Roberts aged 88 and partner Joy Sherwood outside the Smallthorne Post Office where Malcolm has fallen

“The one that has been done is the Hanley one. Outside the council offices, near Wilkinson’s, because somebody saw me fall from the office window and they were down before I got up.

“I just want them doing so that somebody doesn’t have the same problem I’ve had. I just want them repairing to make it safe for other people.

“It’s not only elderly people, it’s children and mothers with chairs that’s been my concern. If something is dangerous in a public area, it should be done. If I go out again, it could be worse next time.

“That one at the post office, I’ve heard it’s happened about six times.”



The view from Ford Green Road, Smallthorne outside the Heron Foods store

Smallthorne neighbour Nora Bean agreed the Ford Green Road pavements were a mess. The 67-year-old said: “It’s awful, it’s a trip hazard and it’s waiting for somebody to crack their head open. It looks like it’s going to collapse outside the chemist.”

Pointing to a loose slab outside his home, Malcolm said: “I’ve fallen there as well. And that was recent.”

Chetwynd Street resident Edward Standeven and his wife May, both aged 84, have also fallen in the area.



Loose paving in Smallthorne outside Wooldrige Court

Mr Standeven said: “We were just going up the post office to post a letter and she fell on the kerbs that are all sticking up. It broke her glasses,. We’ve had to pay for more, over £200.

“Another time, it was raining and I went down a pothole and I fractured my eye socket and my cheek bone in Athlone Street. That was March last year.”

A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “We were sorry to hear of Mr Roberts’ fall on Ford Green Road. An inspection of the pavement took place and we have identified two rocking flags that require re-laying.

“These will be repaired within seven days and this area will be monitored during our walked quarterly inspections, the next routine inspection being due at the end of February.

“The welfare of our residents is always our priority and, as soon as the scheme manager at Wooldridge Court was made aware of Mr Roberts’ stumble outside the housing premises, it was reported to the highways team, who are now investigating.”

The uneven paving slabs in Ford Green Road outside Heron Foods have since been repaired by the city council.



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