Grandmother's anger after fall at Minety
A grandmother has blasted Wiltshire Council after she slipped and fell on a narrow, uneven and unlit temporary path that has been set up while roadworks are carried out in her village.
Yvonne Menham, of Minety, had to take three days off work after she fell while walking down a ‘treacherous’ path that has been set up temporarily while resurfacing work is carried out on the B4040 between the village and The Vale of the White Horse Inn.
“I twisted my ankle, cut my leg, hurt my arm and banged my head,” said Mrs Menham.
“It’s treacherous. My son who is 6 foot 1 inch was with me and we kept slipping and tripping.
“It’s absolutely terrible; we couldn’t see at all, it’s ridiculous.
“My son tried to help me when I fell and we both fell backwards and I banged my head. I couldn’t get back up so I was rescued by four men who helped me get home.
“I had said as I was walking up there that it was very dangerous.”
A local builder from Minety, who wished to remain anonymous, described helping Mrs Menham after finding her in the mud in pain with a twisted ankle. He said: “She was in agony. When she fell her head had just missed a lump of concrete. It’s a terrible path.
“We got her to my car and I dropped her off outside her front door and she had to hobble in. I think the way they (Highways) have left it is disgraceful.
“There’s no lights which is the problem and I know of three people who have fallen there.”
Jamie Denman, landlord of The Vale of the White Horse Inn, has already complained that the road block outside his pub is causing his business to struggle.
“I am not happy about it,” he said. “I asked them to put up lights so people could see where they were going and they said they couldn’t as they don’t have a generator so I offered our power supply and they said they can’t use other people’s supplies. The work is supposed to be finished soon but it’s a big mess at the moment.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said: “ We’re sorry to hear that someone has fallen on this temporary access route. We will look into this matter and establish if anything needs to be done before the expected work completion date of November 9.”
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