Pavement decision branded ludicrous

Pavement protest: residents at Hopkins court are angry about the state of the pavement. reasidents pictured with Ken Woodhead.
Pavement protest: residents at Hopkins court are angry about the state of the pavement. reasidents pictured with Ken Woodhead.

Pensioners who were told an uneven pavement outside their home could not be resurfaced are furious after hearing half a million pounds is being spend on upgrading paths for the obese.

The residents lives at Hopkins Court sheltered housing in Eastwood, and asked Nottinghamshire County Council if a pavement outside the complex - lived in by both the elderly and the infirm – could be resurfaced.

But the answer was no due to finance.

They have since learnt the council is spending £500,000 on pavement improvements to encourage overweight people to get out and walk more and have branded the move ‘ludicrous’.

One of the residents, who is chairman of Eastwood Tenants and Residents Association, said: “They can’t improve the pavements for the elderly and disabled, yet they can spend £500,000 for the obese?

“It’s ludicrous. It makes me feel very, very angry,” he said,

“They should put safety first. It’s ridiculous.”

Mr Woodhead said the pavement outside the Victoria Street complex was ‘dangerous’ and needed resurfacing to save residents tripping.

“They could easily fall and break a hip, then it would cost the NHS. It’s a roll on system. It would save money in the long run.

“The pavement has been bad for a long time and with the bad winter it’s just got worse.

“People are having to walk on the road to get round it, added Mr Woodhead.

Nottinghamshire County Council is to improve pavements in towns with high concentrations of obese people, in a bid to encourage them to get more exercise.