Trader calls for action on ‘dangerous’ Denbigh town pathways


Kirstie Dolphin

A DENBIGH shopkeeper is calling for safer paths after breaking her lower arm due to a slippy surface.

Sue Muse, who lives near Denbigh Castle, fell on slippery limestone paving walking from her home into Denbigh.

Mrs Muse, who broke her lower arm, said this has happened to her neighbours and shop owners in the town and wants Denbighshire County Council to do something before someone else is hurt.

She said: “I could have lost the use of my hand the break was so bad which is quite scary.

“I am worried that it could have been an elderly person or someone with a pushchair.

“The council are going to have a death on their hands at this rate.”
Mrs Muse, who owns the Glass Onion Cafe in Denbigh, said the same surface is near her business and customers have fallen before.

She said: “I can not face seeing anyone else hurt. The council need to look at the surface and make it safer.
“I’ve been petrified to walk to work and had to go a long way round. It is ridiculous.”

North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach will be writing to Denbighshire Council on Mrs Muse’s behalf, asking for town pathways to be gritted regularly.
“I will also be asking the authority to consider replacing the surface of this pathway, and others in the town that slope steeply, with a more slip-resistant surface,” said

Ms Sandbach, whose office is in Denbigh’s High Street.
“Every time I visit my office I have to use a steep path to the Factory Place car park, and it is very slippery. With bad weather now here, these pathways are dangerous – Denbighshire Council must ensure that it does not fail in its duty to keep paths and pavements safe for all residents.

“Mrs Muse has my sympathy – I’ve often called into her shop and I know how hard she works. For anybody running their own company, such an injury is not just painful but has a major and expensive impact on their business.”

A Denbighshire County Council spokesman said: ”Having inspected the steps we do not believe them to be particularly hazardous although, we would advise that care should be taken when using them in wet conditions.
“They are not covered in any moss or algae that might add to any slipperiness and there is a handrail to use should there be a need.”

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