A 94-year-old woman from Banbury says something must be done about the state of Grimsbury’s pavements after she fell and badly bruised her face having tripped on uneven tarmac.
Margaret Carpenter, who lives in East Close, was walking along North Street with her partner Frank Manders, 79, at 5pm last Wednesday when she tripped on an uneven area of tarmac with a pipe running underneath.
She sustained a suspected fractured cheek bone, cuts to her hands and bruises to her thighs and legs.
Mrs Carpenter said she has fallen several times on uneven streets and paving stones in Banbury.
She said: “The pavement there goes down a slope and then there’s a big lump. There’s a pipe in the middle of the path. I couldn’t save myself. I just went right down on my side.”
Mrs Carpenter has pleaded with Oxfordshire County Council to take action to improve pavements and make them safer for the many elderly residents who live around East Close and surrounding streets. She said: “They need to spend more time doing the paths and roads. I’m capable of walking, I can walk as well as anyone, but I think the roads and the paths are disgusting here in Banbury. They will wait until somebody kills themselves then they will do something.
“I don’t want anybody else to do the same as me.” Mr Manders was walking ahead of Mrs Carpenter when she fell and was able to seek assistance from a resident who came out of her house and used towels to help staunch Mrs Carpenter’s bleeding hands.
He said: “It’s a hazard, it’s a disgrace. A lot of paths in Banbury are a disgrace but what can we do about it?
“I was shocked. I went over to the house and luckily the woman came out like a rocket with her phone and phoned an ambulance and got some clean tea towels and bandaged her hands.”
Owen Morton of Oxfordshire County Council said: “In Oxfordshire, as elsewhere, pavements are part of the public highway and are inspected and maintained on the same basis as roads, with the most serious defects prioritised for repair on a countywide basis.
“We would encourage people to report damage to roads or pavements by visiting www.oxfordshire.gov.uk”