Wybourn OAP writes to Prime Minister over railings removal

Maltravers Road residents Margaret Wheeler and Winnie Taylor are calling for a railing which was taken away from their road two years ago to be restored by the council as it is slippy during icy conditions.
Maltravers Road residents Margaret Wheeler and Winnie Taylor are calling for a railing which was taken away from their road two years ago to be restored by the council as it is slippy during icy conditions.
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A pensioner hoping to have metal railings returned to her street has taken her campaign to the very top - by writing to the Prime Minister.

Elderly residents living on Maltravers Road, Wybourn, used railings which ran alongside their street to help them get about until they were removed two years ago and replaced with a grass verge.

Winnifred Taylor, aged 83, says she and other elderly folk now struggle to navigate the road when it is icy and are terrified of falling.

She said: “I’ve written to MPs, I’ve written to David Cameron and I have written to Nick Clegg about it but it was a waste of time as I didn’t hear anything back.

“The railings used to help us get up the road, especially when it is icy.”

Great Places Housing Group took down the railings to ‘redesign public space’ after consulting residents. In total £1.6m has been spent since 2007 on access, parking and making the area safer.

Matthew Harrison, chief executive, added: “We are sorry to hear Mrs Taylor is not happy with the improvements.

“After consultation we removed existing metal railings along the steep concrete banks to improve safety. Double kerbs were also impeding safe parking where children were at risk when getting out of vehicles. “Before work started, we conducted full road safety audits and another is to be carried out this month.”