Eastwood pensioners trapped in homes for six days by snow

Residents of Hopkins Court in Eastwood, who were trapped in their homes in last week's snow, are supported with their complaints to Nottingham County Council by Eastwood Mayor, Coun. Ken Woodhead.  Pictured are from second left, Wendy Davis, Joyce Mutch, Joan Chander, Harry Dady, Brenda England, Olive Copp and Sylvia Morton.
Residents of Hopkins Court in Eastwood, who were trapped in their homes in last week's snow, are supported with their complaints to Nottingham County Council by Eastwood Mayor, Coun. Ken Woodhead. Pictured are from second left, Wendy Davis, Joyce Mutch, Joan Chander, Harry Dady, Brenda England, Olive Copp and Sylvia Morton.

Pensioners living at a residential complex in Eastwood are calling for the council to grit pavements around assisted living centres and care homes after they were trapped in their flats for six days.

Residents of Hopkins Court in Eastwood were stranded in their homes from Boxing Day evening until the new year as it was too icy for them to get into town and the road was not gritted until four days after the snowfall.

Following the incident, many of the residents are calling for the council to grit pavements around assisted living complexes and to make gritting the road into town a priority.

Hopkins Court resident Olive Copp, 86, spoke to the Advertiser on Friday and explained what it was like to be trapped in her flat.

The retired machinist said: “Yesterday was the first time I had been out in six days, it was very isolating.

“It’s terrible every year - every time it snows we get stuck here.

“The warden went out and got me some milk as I was running low, but I had enough food in the freezer.”

Another resident Wendy Davis, 74, was also stranded as her nurse had advised her not to venture out when it is icy.

She added: “We just couldn’t get out - the pavement was like glass.

“One of the residents had to get to the doctors but I think he had a bit of a time of it.”

Mayor of Eastwood said that he was ‘totally disgusted’ with the county council as they left people in a dangerous position.

He added: “Three of the residents need 24/7 care but carers couldn’t get to them, and we couldn’t get taxis or emergency services there - they were completely isolated.

“I made numerous requests to the council to come and grit the area, and the grit bins have all been empty since this time last year.”

Dave Walker, the County Council’s area highways manager for Broxtowe, said that there had been 23 gritting teams working hard across the county after the snow.

He added: “There are around 2,000 yellow grit bins around the county and people can use that grit to help make the pavements safer.

“There is a yellow grit bin very close to Hopkins Court but unfortunately this is an old bin which does not feature on our current list.

“We have, however, now put that bin on the list and in future will ensure that it is filled, along with the other grit bins in the Eastwood area.”