Calls for review of problem pavements in Chippenham
1:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 in By Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter
Chippenham Town Council is asking Wiltshire Council for an urgent review of the town’s “deteriorated and neglected” pavements after several pedestrians had accidents.
Over the past couple of months town councillor Mary Fallon has urged people to come forward with the names of streets with problem pavements.
The areas on the compiled list are: Monkton Hill, Ivy Lane, Park Lane, Greenway Lane, St Paul’s Street, High Street, Market Place, Lowden Hill, The Causeway end of London Road, The Butts and Bath Road near Avonbridge House.
Addressing Chippenham’s planning committee on Thursday, January 9, Coun Fallon said the poor state of pavements was not just a concern for the disabled, but also for others such as cyclists and parents with pushchairs.
She said Wiltshire Council’s highway inspection timetable required monthly inspections of footways in main shopping areas and quarterly inspections of footways in busy urban areas.
Members were told Adrian Jones, head of service delivery for the town council, had contacted Wiltshire Council about the poor state of repair of the York paving slabs in the town but had received no response.
Councillors unanimously moved that “owing to the proven evidence witnessed over the last few months of the deterioration and neglect of pavements, both urban and residential, dropped kerbs, cracked paving stones, poor repairs by utility companies and numerous accidents suffered by pedestrians, an immediate review should be undertaken by the highways authority Wiltshire Council.”
They are asked to report back to Chippenham Town Council in four months’ time. The motion was passed by full council on Wednesday, January 15.
Coun Fallon said she was pleased with the support and the next step planned was to address the next Wiltshire Council area board meeting on March 3.
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “We have been out with town councillor Mary Fallon to inspect a route around the town and talk about possible pavement repair work required. “Areas requiring repair and maintenance have been identified, and although our recent focus has been on work relating to flooding, we have made these works a priority.”
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