Calls for review of problem pavements in Chippenham

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Mary Fallon next to the area where a resident fell on the broken pavement Coun Mary Fallon next to the area where a resident fell on the broken pavement

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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1:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Paul Tucker says...

The problems around the Buttercross are caused by vehicles (eg market traders) driving on the slabs which are not suitable to support such traffic. The question that needs to be asked is "why wasn't a suitable surface laid for such traffic?", i.e. who on the council is or was responsible.
This whole issue reeks of local council politics - they're all happy to vote for their own payrises and increases in taxes but services continue to degrade. Why, for example, is the so-called "head of service delivery" not delivering?
I would like to add Station Hill to the list of problem areas (i.e. a kerbstone has been loosened where people cross at the bottom end). But it occurs to me that maybe our local councillors (who are supposed to represent us) could get out and walk the town's roads, particularly in the centre and see for themselves!
By the way.. "..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.."
Last time I checked it was still illegal for cyclists to ride on pavements.
The problems around the Buttercross are caused by vehicles (eg market traders) driving on the slabs which are not suitable to support such traffic. The question that needs to be asked is "why wasn't a suitable surface laid for such traffic?", i.e. who on the council is or was responsible. This whole issue reeks of local council politics - they're all happy to vote for their own payrises and increases in taxes but services continue to degrade. Why, for example, is the so-called "head of service delivery" not delivering? I would like to add Station Hill to the list of problem areas (i.e. a kerbstone has been loosened where people cross at the bottom end). But it occurs to me that maybe our local councillors (who are supposed to represent us) could get out and walk the town's roads, particularly in the centre and see for themselves! By the way.. "..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.." Last time I checked it was still illegal for cyclists to ride on pavements. Paul Tucker
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2:54pm Sun 26 Jan 14

judgeatnam says...

The York paving slabs in the town centre were never laid properly in the first place! The council paid top money for quality paving slabs and employed some cowboys to lay them. They are now being repaired/replaced with far inferior paving slabs of the sort you but at the local DIY store. Where are the spares of the original material? Corsham town centre has exactly the same paving and is still in excellent condition. Corsham does not allow the funfair to set up its rides on the paving slabs as Chippenham does. Whatever the cause for the damage, get it fixed you dithering fools.
The York paving slabs in the town centre were never laid properly in the first place! The council paid top money for quality paving slabs and employed some cowboys to lay them. They are now being repaired/replaced with far inferior paving slabs of the sort you but at the local DIY store. Where are the spares of the original material? Corsham town centre has exactly the same paving and is still in excellent condition. Corsham does not allow the funfair to set up its rides on the paving slabs as Chippenham does. Whatever the cause for the damage, get it fixed you dithering fools. judgeatnam
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