'Shoddy' work blamed for pensioner's falls

A WESTON man says 'poor and shoddy' work on roads and pavements in Uphill caused his mother to suffer a broken nose, ribs and loosened teeth. Nick Evans, aged 50, says his 73-year-old mother, Rosemary Evans, has lived in Old Church Road for 47 years witho

A WESTON man says 'poor and shoddy' work on roads and pavements in Uphill caused his mother to suffer a broken nose, ribs and loosened teeth.Nick Evans, aged 50, says his 73-year-old mother, Rosemary Evans, has lived in Old Church Road for 47 years without any accidents, but following work by North Somerset Council on road and traffic calming measures, has fallen twice in the last year.Mr Evans said: "I believe my mother's accidents are due to the poor and shoddy work by the Highways Department."She has turned her ankle on the new pavements and more recently, a fall on the new non-slip, uneven ramps near the post office caused a broken nose, broken ribs, loosened teeth, lacerations to the mouth and bruising to the face."Mr Evans also believes the road narrowing system has not stopped traffic speeding through the village and will drive parents who can no longer park on the road down side roads causing disruption to residents.He said: "If people think narrowing the roads and widening pavements will stop boy racers and others speeding in this area they are mistaken. I also think it will cause people to seek spaces down side roads causing disruption to residents who cannot park their own cars or get in the driveway of their own property."The new pavements do not even let rainwater drain properly. I have contacted the Highways Department on a number of occasions to inspect the large puddles but nothing has been done."It is not rocket science to see that the drains are installed in the wrong place, above the level of the rainwater, forcing people to pole vault out of their properties to reach a dry part of pavement."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We are sorry to hear about Rosemary's accidents. "The traffic calming measures in Uphill have been in place for over two years and since then we have had no other reports of similar accidents. "The work was inspected when it was completed, ensuring that it was carried out correctly to meet all safety standards. "We are also about to begin work to address the drainage issues.


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