|One Thousand 'Trip Hazards' on Chiswick Pavements|
Southfield Conservatives make a film about local footpaths in disrepair
Southfield Conservatives in Chiswick have launched a scathing attack on Ealing Council for allowing Chiswick footpaths to fall into a state of disrepair and claim they have identified 1,000 trip hazards in one ward alone.
In their survey of one hundred local streets, Rusthall Avenue was the worst affected with 57 trip hazards identified, followed by The Avenue which they say has 30 and Acton Lane where they have counted 27.
Following complaints from residents, the local Conservative group said it surveyed every street in the Chiswick ward of Southfield, covering much of W4 and some of W3. They say they found multiple hazards on the majority of streets.
Vanessa Costello, Chairman of Southfield Conservatives said, "The Council is covertly downgrading standards in Southfield, right under our noses. It isn't safe for our residents to walk on some of these pavements.
"During our survey of 100 streets, only a handful were found to be entirely safe. 74 streets have trip hazards and some sites have multiple problems. Close to 1000 trip hazards were found in total throughout the ward.
"Some elderly and disabled residents have been forced to walk on
the road because their pavement is too dangerous to use with a walking
aid. This is a nightmare and everyone is at risk but especially the vulnerable
or partially sighted. The fact that many streets haven’t been cleaned
over the winter, has added to the danger. The Council is failing badly
here and this part of Chiswick is being neglected”.
A council spokesperson said: “Every road and footpath in the borough is inspected on a quarterly basis, with main roads reviewed monthly. Defects are then monitored or repaired depending on the severity. The council invests more than £2million a year on maintenance and repairs. The footpaths in this part of the borough were last inspected less than 3 months ago. Residents can always report concerns online and they will be inspected within 7 days.”
February 20, 2017