A partially blind grandma who twisted her ankle after tripping over on a crumbling pathway near her home has called for it to be repaired before it destroys her grandchildren’s budding football careers.
Yvonne Burton, who lives in Hathersage Road, east Hull, stumbled over a hole in a path which surrounds a nearby park when she was walking with her grandson last year.
The 60-year-old twisted her ankle and had to be pulled up by her grandson, who carried her home to the cul-de-sac she lives in.
Mrs Burton did not seek hospital treatment for her injuries and decided to battle on. However, she still suffers from pain and thinks her leg might have been permanently damaged in the fall.
‘The cracks are getting bigger’
Determined to ensure no one else suffers the same fate, Mrs Burton contacted Hull City Council to try and get the warped footpath, which also has overgrown nettles sticking out of it, mended.
However, she says no repairs have been carried out since her accident and she is now worried about others endangering themselves by walking along the perilous path.
Describing her fall, Mrs Burton said: “I was picking my grandchildren up from school when I hit one of the holes in the path and injured my ankle.
“I took photos of my injuries and I rang the council. I told them it was dangerous over a year ago after my accident and still nothing has been done.
“The cracks are getting bigger in path and the weeds are just growing from everywhere underneath.”
‘That path could destroy my grandkids’ football career’
Mrs Burton, who only has 50 per cent vision after a brain tumour left her partially sighted, says she cannot walk the footpath on her own at night because it is too unsafe.
She is worried about suffering a repeat injury but is more concerned about two of her grandchildren, as she fears the uneven surface could damage their budding football careers.
Mrs Burton said: “I am very worried about my two grandbairns because they run down to the park to get to where I live and they are going to get their feet or their bikes stuck in the cracks.
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“Now their grandad won’t let them come down there on their bikes.
“My four-year-old grandbairn has got little feet. If he gets his feet stuck he will really hurt himself and the big grandson if he falls in one of them it could end his football career.
“I’m worried about myself but I’m more worried about the grandbairns so I want the path sorted for them.”
Mrs Burton also claims dog walkers who wander down the path throw their pooch’s bagged up waste over the fence and into people’s gardens.
She says the estate has gone downhill and has changed a lot from when she moved in almost 40 years ago.
“It’s just disgusting and absolutely horrendous,” she said. “The area has got really bad round here. It was a lovely estate and we used to have two parks but now it is an absolute disgrace.”
Although Mrs Burton is disgruntled with how the estate has deteriorated over the years, she is primarily most concerned with getting the path mended – and has called on the council to take action.
She said: “I just want the path doing. It should all be dug up and re-laid.
“We pay enough money towards the council and that path just needs mending so people can walk it on and be safe.”
What Hull City council say
Hull City Council said the path has already been repaired this year but it will endeavour to return to the area to inspect pathways once again later in the year.
A spokeswoman said: “Repairs to the footpath have already been undertaken and the area was also sprayed with a routine treatment in early May. It will be attended to once again in July and September.
“We encourage residents to report any issues in relation to grounds maintenance to the Council via 300 300 or online at www.hull.gov.uk .”
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