Council is told to take action over kerb falls

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WORKERS have complained about a raised kerb amid concerns that it is a hazard for elderly people.

Staff at Fenwicks Estate Agents in Lee-on-the-Solent’s High Street contacted Hampshire County Council after seeing pensioners fall from the raised kerb at a bus stop.

The staff told The News that the most recent incident was on Monday, March 4 when a 60-year-old man was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.

South Central Ambulance Service confirmed the man was not taken to hospital.

Manager of the estate agent firm, Douglas Brooks, said he was concerned about the number of people falling – and said two people were injured in February.

Mr Brooks said: ‘I think the elderly people, expect to have a step up into the bus, but they can’t judge the step up back onto the kerb as being higher.

‘People are falling flat on their faces.

‘We are having to call ambulances and go out and pick them up and help them.

‘It’s ridiculous, you can see it happening.

‘I don’t know what they can do about it but they need to do something because it’s causing injuries.’

Ann Hamblin, a staff member at Fenwicks, said: ‘We’re talking serious injuries, they’re getting head injuries, that sort of thing.

‘It needs to be done before someone sustains injuries leading to a fatality.’

Cllr Mel Kendal is deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport at the county council.

He said he was concerned and highway engineers will now repaint and widen a mark to show the height of the kerb.

He said: ‘I am concerned to hear that there have been a number of incidents where people may have been injured after stepping on to or off the raised kerb.

‘This issue was raised with us last year and highways engineers arranged for a white line to be painted along the kerb edge to highlight it to pedestrians and draw attention to its height in comparison with the kerb line along the majority of the street.’

He said the kerb was originally raised to bring it level with the bus floor to allow easier access and that people should cross the road at a nearby crossing.