Motorists and pedestrians demand action on hazardous Dursley road
PEDESTRIANS using a badly-maintained pavement on a busy Dursley road are urging the local authority to do something about it, fearing it is an accident waiting to happen.
The raised pavement on Bull Pitch, leading into Silver Street and a main artery for Dursley Town Centre, has been an eyesore and concern to nearby residents for years.
The wall of the raised pavement, which is three feet above the road at its highest, has several bricks missing and the uneven pavement is littered with cracks, holes and weeds.
A former building surveyor and resident on the street, who asked to not be named, said Gloucestershire Highways had shown "wilful disregard" about the problems, which he believed had been caused by substandard repairs.
"One would think that Gloucestershire Highways would address the problem by replacing dislodged coping stones, rather than lashing broken bits of stone and concrete in the wrong line, level and tilt," he said.
"When I pointed all this out to them, I was ignored."
He said the situation was "laughable" and "a waste of taxpayers’ money" while also calling for a railing to be placed to protect pedestrians from the busy road below.
Post-graduate Morgan Wise, 22, had an accident three years ago on the pavement when his bike got caught in the uneven surface.
He had ridden along it because of the high level of traffic on Bull Pitch, where he lives, and suffered abrasions to his hands after coming off his bike and landing near the passing vehicles.
Mr Wise said that while he did not make a big deal at the time it could have been a lot worse.
"I was cycling along the path and got caught in the pavement, it was so uneven," he said.
"Some of it has been improved but some of it is just shoddy, it just looks like a cover up job. It could happen again."
Louise Rubin, 58, who has lived on the road for 13 years, has also complained to the highways team.
"I think it is ugly. Every time they have made some sort of correction it has always been with a short-term view," she said.
"As a result we have this unsightly patchwork of repairs on what is a major road going in and out of Dursley."
Gloucestershire County Council could not find the above-mentioned report but a spokesman did say a structural engineer had inspected the pavement following the concerns.
"They found that, though there are no urgent repairs required, some general maintenance work is warranted," he said.
"We will continue to regularly inspect the pavement during and after this work."
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