Miriam, 88, demands council action after landing in thick sludge following fall


An 88-year-old has hit out at the council after slipping over outside her home and landing in four-inches of thick sludge.

Miriam Bestford fell to the ground after getting out of a taxi outside her Smallthorne home.

And she blames Stoke-on-Trent City Council for not maintaining the land around the property.

But the council says Miriam was on an unadopted alleyway at the back of her bungalow when she got out of the taxi. Unadopted alleyways are not maintained by the local authority.

Council tenant Miriam hurt her arm when she fell outside the Apollo Walk bungalows.

Miriam Bestford is furious with the council after falling in sludge outside her home at this spot when she got out of a taxi

She said: “There are big lumps missing on the ground and I must have hit something because my legs went up in the air. All my legs were covered in sludge, my coat was covered in sludge, and I wrenched my arm out.

“My arm is a bit easier now but the point is, duck, it’s very uneven there.

“Whenever it rains heavily all the walkway fills up with sludge, four inches thick, off the unadopted roads.

“If I was speaking to the council now I’d say it’s absolutely disgusting, I’m 88 years old. Absolutely disgusting. We can never get anything done for us, duck.

“We ring the council and they don’t appear to want to know because we’re old. They don’t want to listen to us. I’ve worked since the age of nine, I’ve been an independent person, and it’s upset me.”

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Ward councillor Candi Chetwynd has taken up Miriam’s case. It is the latest row over unadopted alleyways in Smallthorne.

She said: “I feel outraged. Our communities deserve far better. We deserve services.”

The council has inspected the footpath on Apollo Walk which it says is in a ‘good’ condition. It has urged Miriam to use the footpath rather than the unadopted alleyway.

 





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