Pensioner calls for home owners to clear own paths
A ROAD safety campaigner wants people to be legally made to clear ice and snow from outside their property.
Pensioner Ted Prangnell from Kennington made the call after incidents of injuries from people slipping on ice rocketed during the preChristmas cold snap.
He says while it is not law people should voluntarily do it.
Mr Prangnell, of the Living Streets pedestrians’ charity, said: “Every urban property owner should be legally responsible for keeping the pavement adjacent to their property free of ice and snow.
“Homeowners, tenants and businesses in countries such as Germany legally have to do it. It is seen as a social and community responsibility. Without clear pavements in these conditions people cannot even safely walk to their car or a bus stop.”
He said able-bodied people can do it for their own prop- erty and for elderly and disabled neighbours.
Mr Prangnell, 76, cleared the pavement outside his own property with a snow shovel and gritting salt, which he says costs less than £4 a bag at DIY stores.
Pedestrians suffered hairraising walks during the cold snap, from December 18 to 23 on iced-up pavements and several slipped over and were injured. Mr Prangnell also fell and suffered slight bruising to his hip.
Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital reported a sharp rise in admissions to its A&E department for slips, trips and falls during the cold snap.
The figure rose by 34, from 174 on Sunday, December 13, when it was snow-free to 208 on December 20 when the ground was iced.
South East Coast Ambulance Service says reported falls rose by more than 63 per cent year-on-year during the cold snap. A spokesman said: “These figures do include falls at home as well as slips and trips on the pavement. But it is obvious the cold weather led to increases.”
Kent County Council is responsible for salting highways and footpaths. A spokesman said: “Kent Highways Services looks after more than 4,000 miles of pavements so we have to focus salting on priority pedestrian footways including town centres and hospitals.”
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Ted Prangnell ready to clear the way with his snow and ice kit