A PENSIONER is calling for improvements to the city’s pavements after being left with ‘catastrophic’ shoulder injuries.
Marie Allam labelled the state of the city’s pavements ‘appalling’ after falling in Northgate, Chichester, earlier this year.
And since her accident, she has heard about numerous other people who had tripped over raised or cracked paving slabs.
“Everywhere you go in Chichester the pavements are just disgraceful,” said Marie, of Orchard Street.
“I just want the council to be shamed into doing something about it.
“Everyone you speak to says it is awful.”
At the time of her fall, Marie spent two nights in hospital and was initially diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder.
But, when she returned to for a check-up, she was told her muscles had detached from fragmented bones and she would need surgery.
Her doctor described her injuries as ‘catastrophic’.
“He doesn’t think it is possible I will ever be able to lift my arm above my head again,” said the 76-year-old, ahead of her operation.
Now, Marie is relying on friends to help her walk her dog and is being visited by social workers who are helping her wash and dress.
“I am almost scared to go out by myself now,” she said.
She added: “When the doctor sat me down and told me what the consequences were I felt absolutely sick, I really did, I felt sick and I was shaking.”
Now, Marie is urging people to get in touch with the Observer to name and shame the worst pavements in the city.
She has heard of several people sustaining injuries as a result of tripping over raised or broken paving slabs. “I am just so angry that it all could be avoided if they spent some money on it,” she said.
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said officers would inspect Northgate to see if it met its intervention criteria.
He said Northgate was also being targeted by the Community Payback team. Work due to be carried out includes re-painting the edges of the stone steps leading to the underpass to improve visibility.
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