Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Residents' Safety Fears over Cracked Pavements

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Residents' Safety Fears over Cracked Pavements

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Byline: Kathryn Riddell Reporter

CRACKED and broken, these are the pavements which have left a pensioner worried for the safety of her neighbours.

Eleanor Baggett says she has repeatedly tripped and fallen on Elmfield Road in Gosforth, close to her home in Richmond Mews.

The 70-year-old who lives with her husband said: "The pavements are dreadful.

"A lot of elderly people live here, quite a lot of them are in their 90s.

"I have fallen over three times. I twisted my ankle on a particular crack on the pavement.

"You can't afford to be injured when you're old."

She also claims that one of her neighbours broke her ankle after a nasty fall on the pavement near to Gosforth High Street.

Now the pensioner says the street has been 'neglected' as the council unveiled grand plans in the city centre.

Last week the Journal reported on ambitious plans by Newcastle City Council to revamp the heart of the centre.

The authority unveiled an initial PS3m plan to transform the area around Northumberland Street and maintain its place as one of the country's prime retail destinations.

The scheme would see an experimental closure of Blackett Street to traffic, the creation of new event space on and around Northumberland Street and a huge cleaning operation in the city centre.

But the council has larger plans for a PS20m scheme which could fully pedestrianise Blackett Street and would see the focus move onto the empty plot of land on Pilgrim Street that is hoped would attract high-end shops, as well as housing and offices, to the city centre.

But Eleanor was not impressed by the scheme, which could begin in the new year.

She said: "The council want to pave the streets with gold while other places are being neglected.

"They are doing the city centre up when the basics are not done. …

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