Danger path is repaired

Anchor Court residents (left to right) Nora Allen, Margaret Stothart, Sylvia Short, Dorothy Simpson and Vi Foster close to a section of potholes outside their home. Picture by FRANK REID

Anchor Court residents (left to right) Nora Allen, Margaret Stothart, Sylvia Short, Dorothy Simpson and Vi Foster close to a section of potholes outside their home. Picture by FRANK REID

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WORK has been carried out on an unsightly stretch of pavement which pensioners feared was an accident waiting to happen.

Residents living at the Anchor Court sheltered housing complex say the pavement outside their homes, in Durham Street on Hartlepool’s Headland, was riddled with potholes.

Violet Foster, 80, who lives in the complex, said she “went over” on her ankle there recently, but fortunately was not hurt.

The Mail launched our Plot the Pots campaign during last winter to give people the chance to outline areas that need repairs and it was praised by road groups and council bosses.

Mrs Foster contacted the Mail after reading how we helped to ensure council chiefs were aware of potholes outside 75-year-old Ted Spence’s home, also in Durham Street.

The pavement was repaired on Thursday after the Mail contacted the council to pass on Mrs Foster’s concerns.

Retired Co-op and upholstery factory worker Mrs Foster said she feared pensioners and other pedestrians, including people who use the nearby bus stop, could have had an accident on the pavement.

Mrs Foster said: “The pavement outside Anchor Court was a total mess, it was full of crevices and in really bad repair.

“It’s not just us residents I’m complaining for, there are a lot of people who use the route to get to St Hilda’s churchyard.”

Widow Mrs Foster added: “I went over on my ankle there last week.

“Fortunately I wasn’t hurt, but I could easily have been.”

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “We sent an inspector out to examine the area and he has found that part of the asphalt footpath had become worn and had started to crumble.

“We therefore arranged for it to be repaired.”