Pavements "neglected" due to Twickenham town centre upgrade, says resident

Rickety: But Richmond Council spends huge amounts on pavement repairs

Rickety: But Richmond Council spends huge amounts on pavement repairs

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Street improvements in the borough have been "neglected" by Richmond Council while attention is thrust on to the upgrade of Twickenham town centre, a resident claims.

Pavements in Cross Deep, just a stone’s throw from where major improvement works have been carried out, have become "increasingly more dangerous" with fears for older and less physically able people who use them.

Maureen Beaumont, who lives in Thames Eyot, said: "The pavements have been getting worse in the past five years. Some years ago I had a bad fall because of this and last week I tripped but managed to save myself."

Mrs Beaumont said at the last count, there were more than 90 cracked, broken or misaligned paving stones of about 110 on the portion of pavement at the entrance of Thames Eyot.

Despite raising the issue with councillors in February this year, Mrs Beaumont said she received no response or acknowledgement and no works had been carried out to make the area safe.

She added: "How can councillors possibly say that they represent the residents in a community when they blatantly ignore the concerns of those of the electorate who contact them?

"Perhaps we have to wait for expensive and time consuming legal actions against the council and its officers for improvements to be made."

Councillor Stephen Speak, cabinet member for highways and streetscene, said: "The pavements in Cross Deep will be repaired during September thanks to the council’s heavy investment in funding pavement and road repairs."

The repairs will be in addition to the council’s roads and pavements fund which is allocated to roads and pavement repairs across the borough, Coun Speak said.

He added: "The budget for pavement repairs in Richmond is one of the largest in London and the council will continue to invest in the borough’s pavements and roads because we know how important it is to our residents."

Broken paving stones can be reported thorough the council’s website at richmond.gov.uk/streets_fault_reporting.

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1:59pm Fri 22 Aug 14

DocBasil says...

Broken paving stones like those in the picture are usually caused by people illegally parking on the pavement. Sometimes the reapairs only last a few days before getting smashed again. It's unfair on residents when the pavements go unrepaired, but it's also unfair on coucil tax payers to keep paying out for a few people's anti-social behaviour. Thr fair answer may be to raise the money through more spot fines, but traffic wardens don't win votes!
Broken paving stones like those in the picture are usually caused by people illegally parking on the pavement. Sometimes the reapairs only last a few days before getting smashed again. It's unfair on residents when the pavements go unrepaired, but it's also unfair on coucil tax payers to keep paying out for a few people's anti-social behaviour. Thr fair answer may be to raise the money through more spot fines, but traffic wardens don't win votes! DocBasil
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3:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Concerned_Resident says...

I am sometimes left astounded by some people in this area. Yes, the pavement looks a tatty. No, the pavement is not dangerous! It appears to be reasonably level with no major trip hazard at all.

If all you have to worry about in this world is counting hundreds of paving slabs, I want your life! It must be blissful in that bubble.

And DocBasil is entirely correct. It leaves me wondering how long the fresh slabs in the town centre are going to last before Mr W vanMan comes along and destroys them.
I am sometimes left astounded by some people in this area. Yes, the pavement looks a tatty. No, the pavement is not dangerous! It appears to be reasonably level with no major trip hazard at all. If all you have to worry about in this world is counting hundreds of paving slabs, I want your life! It must be blissful in that bubble. And DocBasil is entirely correct. It leaves me wondering how long the fresh slabs in the town centre are going to last before Mr W vanMan comes along and destroys them. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 5

11:42am Sun 24 Aug 14

Yvonne Hewett says...

Those broken pavements aren't caused by parking - I've never seen a car or a van there. More likely they're the result of the cable laying years ago.

Whatever the cause, Mrs Beaumont is perfectly correct: the broken stones are uneven and they are dangerous. This is a very busy stretch of pavement, used by many elderly people, some with limited mobility and visual handicaps. It wouldn't have cost much to extend the new pavements to the Thames Eyot driveway when the work was done in the first place.
Those broken pavements aren't caused by parking - I've never seen a car or a van there. More likely they're the result of the cable laying years ago. Whatever the cause, Mrs Beaumont is perfectly correct: the broken stones are uneven and they are dangerous. This is a very busy stretch of pavement, used by many elderly people, some with limited mobility and visual handicaps. It wouldn't have cost much to extend the new pavements to the Thames Eyot driveway when the work was done in the first place. Yvonne Hewett
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