Pen­sioner calls for home own­ers to clear own paths

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or email ken­tish ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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Ted Prangnell ready to clear the way with his snow and ice kit

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