LETTER: Injured in nasty fall on pavement

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I am holidaying at my son’s house in Horsham. I arrived from Holland last Wednesday 5 August and the next day took a nasty tumble in the Bishopric almost outside the King’s Arms.

I had tripped on an unevenly laid pavement slab and fell very hard, knocking my breath out and sustaining a deep gash above my eyebrow.

Fortunately there were a couple of young men working in the area who rendered me first aid.

I never got their names but would like to thank them very much for their help. I was treated at the local minor injuries unit.

While sitting on the pavement feeling very shaken and sore, a passerby stopped and told us that this was the fifth or sixth time in recent weeks that this had happened in the same place to a member of the public.

She told us that it had been reported to the council and it had been inspected, but the conclusion was that the slab was just a quarter of an inch too low to warrant repair!

This, if it is true, is scandalous!

I was very fortunate to have escaped without obvious serious injury, however the next person may not be so lucky.

JENNIFER HUISMAN

Brighton Road, Horsham

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: ‘‘We’re sorry to hear about this person’s accident.

‘‘We have previously inspected this section of Bishopric, but it was not found to be in a state that warranted repair. However, we will of course continue to monitor it.

‘‘Our Highways service carries out regular inspections of all pavements and there are a number of factors that are taken into consideration in assessing what constitutes a defect, including the actual height or depth of the potential hazard.

‘‘Any defects found during inspections are recorded and appropriate action is taken to fix them. It’s important we always prioritise works so as to ensure we spend public money appropriately.’’ x

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