Roadworks hazard for city war veteran

C141078-3 Chi Gary Bramall  phot kate''Gary Bramall negotiating the road works.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141078-3 SUS-140212-170444001
C141078-3 Chi Gary Bramall phot kate''Gary Bramall negotiating the road works.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141078-3 SUS-140212-170444001

A DISABLED war veteran says roadworks which are blocking off areas of pavement are forcing him to veer dangerously into busy traffic when he travels into Chichester’s town.

Double amputee Gary Brammall, 59, says his motorised wheelchair was nearly struck by a car on 
St Pancras, where the work is taking place.

“I come into town three or four times a week and it’s now become extremely dangerous for me,” said Gary, of Green Lane.

“There are places where there’s not enough room for me to pass in my wheelchair so I have no choice but to go out into the road.

“It’s always really busy and people honk their horns at me and look annoyed that I’m not on the pavement.

“The other day a car nearly hit me, it had 
to swerve to avoid me 
and it just shows how dangerous it is.”

A number of areas of pavement have been barriered off along the stretch of road, which joins East Street.

The problems are being caused by Southern Electric’s (SSE) project to replace concrete lampposts with new black metal ones.

At one point, the pavement has been almostly completely taken up, with just a slippery patch of mud between it and the road.

Two islands have been almost completely cordoned off, which has made 
crossing New Park Road even harder for Gary.

“It’s starting to get icy which obviously makes it even more hazardous,” said Gary, who suffered shrapnel damage while serving in the Falklands which eventually led to both legs having to be amputated.

“It’s not just people in wheelchairs who will struggle, there’s no way mothers with their pushchairs would be able to get through either, especially if they’ve got a few children to look after.”

“I just don’t know why they have to do all of them at the same time.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We will ask SSE to ensure that there is sufficient space for the mobility scooter and review the works to ensure it doesn’t occur again.”