Monday, 23 October 2017

Woman, 85, trapped by potholes

A MAN claims his elderly mother cannot leave her home because her street is full of potholes.

A MAN claims his elderly mother cannot leave her home because her street is full of potholes.

Vera Pugh-Roberts, 85, of The Close, Woodcote, has difficulty walking but is afraid to use her mobility scooter unless someone is with her.

Her five children clubbed together to buy the £700 vehicle but the second time she used it she hit a hole in the road and got stuck. She was trapped and feared the machine would topple over until a passer-by came to her aid.

Her son Ieuan, 67, who lives in neighbouring Ashlee Walk, said he had also tripped on the pavement and hit his head.

He alerted Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, before Christmas and contractors carried out some temporary repairs.



Mr Pugh-Roberts says much more work is needed. “People in this road are always complaining about the state it’s in,” he said. “It’s like an obstacle course. You need a 4x4 to negotiate it, never mind a mobility scooter. I’ve lived here for about 38 years and I don’t think it has been resurfaced in that time.

“I’ve contacted the council four times since the beginning of November and still nothing has been done. I feel like I’m being fobbed off.

“There are lots of young mothers living up here and it’s really hard for them to get their pushchairs around.

“It’s a good job I was wearing a thick hat when I fell over or I could have split my head open.

“I’m doing up my house at the moment but there’s no way I could sell it with the road in such a state.”

A council spokesman said: “We are aware of concerns regarding the condition of this road and understand the frustration this has caused residents. We have recently carried out a number of repairs to make the carriageway safe and are now looking into a longer-term solution.”

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