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BROKEN PATH: Residents and councillor join forces over ‘lethal’ road 

 Published on: 11th December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A surface on an unadopted road has been branded as ‘lethal’ by residents and a county councillor. 

County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst and resident Shafiq Ahmed have teamed up together to try and get homeowners Hightower Residents Association and landowners agents Trinity Estates to make good on a promise they made to repair the road.

Baxter Road is located on the Leggatts Green Estate and was only built recently. Despite this, its paved path has dozens of upended bricks and kerb lines that have become dangerous trip hazards.

Mr Ahmed said, “Residents raised this in April when I was calling round. Thanks to Mayor Peter Taylor and Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst we found out who was responsible. 

“Stephen has been chasing for action to get the surface fixed. At any time, anyone could trip up here – it’s so dangerous for walking or cycling and any one in a pushchair or mobility scooter could easily be upend! It’s got to be fixed and quickly.”

Cllr Giles-Medhurst said, “Having made contact with Hightown who manage many of the properties in the road they promised back in September a site visit with Trinity Estates and action. But nothing has happened. This is just not good enough.

“I have again contacted them. Frankly the failure to act is a disgrace they are putting lives at risk or at the very least endangering residents who could easy trip, fall a break bones. 

“I’m waiting to hear further but if there is not a promise of immediate works, I will take this further such as to the Health and Safety Executive.”

When contacted for a reply, Hightower Residents Association said: “Hightown is not responsible for repairing the pavement, but we have reported it to the managing agent, Trinity Estates, on several occasions.

“We are sorry that we have not been in a position to update our residents about when they expect to complete the works.

“A joint visit with the local councillor, a member of the Trinity Estates team and our Property Services Inspector is scheduled for 1 December 2021. Our Inspector will stay in contact with Trinity Estates until the issue is resolved.”

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