Gran breaks both wrists in nightmare fall

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A PLEA for a pavement has been issued after a gran broke both her wrists and suffered other injuries in a nasty fall on a busy road.

Janet Dickson was walking with her dog along Lindsaybeg Road, in Lenzie, when she slipped on the grass verge near her home.

She suffered two broken wrists, a black eye and facial cuts and bruises, as well as breaking her glasses, and had to attend Stobhill Hospital and the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow.

Janet says she has contacted East Dunbartonshire Council several times about the lack of a footpath on part of Lindsaybeg Road - around 0.3 of a mile - to her home at Claddens Holdings.

She fears that there could be a more serious accident as it’s dangerous to walk on the road.

She said: “I got such a fright when I fell. It’s such a busy road.

“I can’t take my grandchildren out for a walk. It’s the speed of cars along the road.

“There’s quite often accidents on the corner just after our house.”

Janet added: “I’ve contacted the council over the years about it, but they have said they can’t afford it.

“It’s not that long a distance to put in a footpath, and wouldn’t cost a fortune. It’s frightening to walk on the road.”

The council responded to Janet’s recent email and also included a public liability customer statement if she was considering making a claim. However, it added that the inclusion of the form was not an admission of liability by the council.

Keith Scrimgeour, East Dunbartonshire Council’s roads and neighbourhood services manager, said: “Beyond Blacklands Place, Lindsaybeg Road is rural in nature and does not have footways adjacent to the carriageway.

“Whilst I understand pedestrians may have concerns about walking on the road, the highway code does advise that on rural routes pedestrians walk on the road facing oncoming traffic and not on the verge, and wear bright or reflective clothing to ensure they are visible to drivers.”

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