Call for immediate action to repair uneven kerb in Southsea road after ‘fuming’ wheelchair user gets trapped

A SOUTHSEA wheelchair user on a mission to get a damaged kerb fixed has renewed his calls for action after getting trapped in a drain.

Friday, 29th July 2022, 10:22 am
Updated Friday, 29th July 2022, 10:44 am

Steven Kingett, 57, has lived in Moorings Way for a year and a half.

The dropped kerb opposite Steven’s home - on the junction between Moorings Way and Salterns Avenue - is damaged and uneven, and he believes it is posing a safety risk.

He said: ‘It’s been like that for a year. People are cross, it’s neglect.

Steven Kingett at Moorings Way near the drain that he got stuck in. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘There are people in wheelchairs, mums with prams.

‘I’ve written to the council, to the councillor Lynne Stagg. I’ve rang about five times.’

The councillor says that she has already asked Colas, which is responsible for highways maintenance, to investigate and suggest a solution.

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The drain and roadworks at Moorings Way. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Steven, who has had his mobility aid for about two and a half years, said that the only way down from the kerb is over the drains in the road.

However, due to the size of the wheels on his wheelchair, he is unable to get over the drains - and one time, he got stuck while trying to cross the road.

Steven said: ‘The front wheel got stuck in the groove and got stuck. I was shouting the place down, I was fuming.

‘Some one had to come and help me.’

Steven says something must be done soon to repair the road as it poses a danger to pedestrians. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Steven believes that the issue with the kerb is indicative of the state of disability rights in country, and wants to see immediate action.

He added: ‘We’re in the 21st century.

‘It would take five minutes to put a ramp down, but it should really be fixed.’

The wheels got trapped. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Steven at the kerb. Picture: Habibur Rahman