Poor pavements ‘put lives at risk’

Andrew Hunter, who has problems driving his scooter around Filey due to the lack of dropped kerbs. 114135b. Picture Kevin Allen
Andrew Hunter, who has problems driving his scooter around Filey due to the lack of dropped kerbs. 114135b. Picture Kevin Allen

A DISABLED Hunmanby scooter user has been driver to despair over poor pavements which he believes are putting his life at risk.

Andrew Hunter, of Hungate Court, has criticised North Yorkshire County Council over its provision of drop kerbs across Filey.

Mr Hunter, who regularly travels from Hunmanby to Filey, identified Muston Road as just one blackspot area and called for changes before it is too late.

He said: “I am disabled and, along with other people in Hunmanby, like to get out and about on my scooter.

“However, we cannot go to Filey because we cannot get off the kerb without the risk of damage to our scooters and cannot get back on the pavement.

“We therefore have to travel along a very busy stretch of road around a roundabout before we can get back on the pavement and be safe again.

“I have the same rights as anyone else and yet I’m told that by being disabled I have to sit at home and not go out because it’s inconvenient for the highways.

“This must be put right, not just for me, but for others who want and need to get out.”

Nick West, North Yorkshire County Council area manager for highways and transport, said he sympathised with scooter users, but said the situation was borne out of financial cutbacks.

He said: “Up until around two years ago we had quite a large budget for putting in drop kerbs and a lot have been implemented in areas such as Filey town centre.

“However, with all of the budget cuts, we have now lost that money and we have to prioritise our work.

“The focus is now on repairing existing roads and making sure they are safe.

“We realise it is an inconvenience to a lot of people and apologise for that but we are constantly liaising with disabled groups.”