Trader launches petition after town pavement slip


Kirstie Dolphin

A DENBIGH trader has launched a petition for safer paths after breaking her lower arms due a slippery surface.

Sue Muse, pictured, who fell on slippery limestone paving walking from her home near Denbigh Castle, is urging residents who have fallen on these paving slabs to contact her.

Sue has set up a petition calling for the public to ‘stand up for Denbigh’ in the hope Denbighshire County Council will make paths, in the town centre from Factory Ward car park, by main signposted pathways to the castle, via Broomhill Alley and Love Lane, safer urgently.

The petition says “Major accidents have happened when there has been no frost, snow or ice. A fatality will happen if these areas are not made safe.
“The surfaces prior to conservation changes to limestone slabs were safe during most weather conditions”.

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 have been going back to hospital every week.
“My arm is still in same plaster, as if they remove it the bones will 'pop' out again.
“I am waiting to find out if i have an operation or spend 12 to 18 weeks in plaster.
“My life is totally upside down, such a struggle with left hand only, constant pain, trying to keep the business going and pay bills at home and work etc.
“I really do not want anyone else to suffer as I have or worse still.”

Mrs Muse, who owns the Glass Onion Cafe in Denbigh, said the same surface is near her business and customers have fallen before and is urging people to get in touch with her if they have fallen on the slippy slabs.

In a recent Denbigh Town Council meeting members asked the town clerk to write to Denbighshire County Council and a copy to Cadw, historic environment service, expressing the council's concerns and with a request that the paths be inspected.
North Wales AM Antionette Sandbach, whose office is in Denbigh’s High Street, also uses the path to the Factory Place car park and said they are dangerous.
She said: “Denbighshire council must ensure that it does not fail in its duty to keep paths and pavements safe for all residents.”

The petition is available in The Glass Onion Cafe and Eclipse Hairdressers.
A council spokeswoman said: “We have carried out the first clean and will do another in the near future.  

“Once we are satisfied with the condition of the footpaths we will clean and treat them quarterly.”

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