OAPs make plea for walkway improvements

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ELDERLY residents made a plea for urgent resurfacing of ‘unsafe’ walkways around their Sheffield flats – where one woman tripped and needed hospital treatment.

People living at the council properties on Derby Terrace at Heeley Green say asphalt surfacing on the concrete footpaths has started ‘bubbling up’.

Graham Cheadle, aged 71, a retired office clerk who lives at the complex with wife Karen, said: “Quite a few of the residents are in their 80s and several use zimmer frames to walk about.

“The surfaces have bubbled up with lumps like eggs having risen in the asphalt which are a trip hazard.

“One lady had a fall and ended up having to be checked over in hospital.”

One of Mr Cheadle’s neighbours made a complaint about the surfacing immediately outside their flat and maintenance contractor Kier was sent the next day to make repairs.

But Mr Cheadle said he and other residents felt their whole block should be looked at.

“It is not safe and some thing needs to be done before someone is seriously hurt,” he said.

After hearing Mr Cheadle’s concerns, Sheffield Homes, which manages the block, said it had carried out repairs to some of the footpaths.

A spokeswoman said: “We repaired asphalt outside Mr Cheadle’s property after he pointed out areas of pathway which he felt needed repair.

“We inspected the pathways and carried out repairs to four small areas the same day.”