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Community Councillor Sues Council


08/07/15


A community stalwart is suing South Lanarkshire Council after breaking his arm in two places when he tripped over a loose kerb stone.

Bill Arthur, chairman of East Mains Community Council, said the community council have been calling on the council for months to carry out repairs on footpaths in and around the Village saying they are an accident waiting to happen.


Bill said: “It was ironic really as the week before I fell, it was itemised in the community council minutes that I had called for action to be taken on unsafe footpaths in the Village – and then low and behold this happens.

“Some people did say ‘what a way to prove your point’ but it shows just how easy it is to do yourself some serious damage.

“The pavements really are in a terrible state. And when repair work is done it’s not adequate.

“As far as the community council is concerned the repairs aren’t followed up to check the standard of work.

“I would urge the public to report everything and anything they see to the council as it will be the only way we will get anywhere.

“The area I fell, in Kirkton Park, is right next to a sheltered housing complex for goodness sake.

“It wouldn’t take much for an older person to really hurt themselves.

“As well as some of the footpaths being unsightly, quite frankly, they are dangerous.

“And what is even more infuriating is that the community council feels as if it has been banging its head against a brick wall where this issue is concerned – sometimes we aren’t even getting a response from the council when we put a question to them.”

Bill was on his way to the opticians when he fell and it wasn’t until he arrived he realised there was something wrong.

“I went my full length but quickly got up and brushed myself off as you do, if a little embarrassed” he said.

“But when I got to the opticians my arm really began to hurt and off I went to A&E for an x-ray which showed I had a double fracture of the radius.”

He went on: “They couldn’t put me in plaster because of where the break was but I have been in a sling for the past few weeks and it’s been a real hindrance.

“I can’t drive and the week after it happened I was booked to go to Orkney on a fishing holiday.

“Thankfully, someone else could drive and I still went but there certainly wasn’t any fishing.”

He added: “When I phoned the council to report it I was a little taken aback when their primary concern seemed to be if I was going 
to take legal action – surely their first concern should be for the person who is injured and the problem which led to it.”


South Lanarkshire Council’s head of roads and transportation services, Gordon Mackay, said: “We are aware of the community council’s concerns regarding footways in the Village and have advised them that resurfacing work is planned for Main Street later this financial year.

“We will also continue to inspect all footways in the Village area and take action as appropriate to address any hazardous defects.

“The specific incident is a matter between the council, our claims handler and the claimant and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further.”