Pensioner calls for Poole council to lower kerb after number of falls outside her house in Canford Heath

DANGEROUS: Pensioner Andrea Carrington with the raised curb where she has fallen repeatedly

DANGEROUS: Pensioner Andrea Carrington with the raised curb where she has fallen repeatedly

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A DISABLED pensioner who uses a walking frame has blasted Borough of Poole for failing to lower the kerbstone by a Canford Heath alleyway linking her home to local shops.

Andrea Carrington says she has asked council officials to lower the kerb by her Scarf Road home on several occasions, as it is too high for her to get up on her walking frame.

“I’ve fallen over lots of times and even had to go to hospital after falling once,” the 88-year-old told the Daily Echo. “I don’t think the council care that much because, after all, this is Canford Heath, not Canford Cliffs.”

Mrs Carrington says the kerb by the alleyway linking Mitchell Road to the shops behind on Adastral Road is too high for other residents as well, particularly those in wheelchairs and mothers with pushchairs.

She said: “I’ve called the council lots of times but nothing seems to be done about it. I cannot get to the shops without going the long way around, which includes a lot of hills and is very hard for me.”

Meanwhile, Steve Dean – senior traffic engineer at Borough of Poole – said he was aware of the request and it has been added to a list of possible locations to install pedestrian drop crossings.

He explained: “We receive a large number of requests for this type of work and budget is allocated to locations where this would help the largest number of pedestrians.

“The area committee has also allocated funding this year to allow more sites to be dealt with.

“Budget for this financial year has already been allocated to other priority locations across the borough, but this location will remain a candidate for funding.”

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7:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

He explained: “We receive a large number of requests for this type of work and budget is allocated to locations where this would help the largest number of pedestrians.

And there was me thinking that Canford Heath was the largest housing estate in Europe !
He explained: “We receive a large number of requests for this type of work and budget is allocated to locations where this would help the largest number of pedestrians. And there was me thinking that Canford Heath was the largest housing estate in Europe ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -14

7:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

Baysider says...

As the Rolling Stones sang, You Can't Always Get What You Want...
As the Rolling Stones sang, You Can't Always Get What You Want... Baysider
  • Score: 21

7:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

master plan says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
He explained: “We receive a large number of requests for this type of work and budget is allocated to locations where this would help the largest number of pedestrians.

And there was me thinking that Canford Heath was the largest housing estate in Europe !
Well it's not Canford Heath is a suburb and area of heathland in Poole, Dorset with a population of just under 14,500. Becontree is a large housing estate in Essex. With a population of around 100,000 just a little information you need to know!
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: He explained: “We receive a large number of requests for this type of work and budget is allocated to locations where this would help the largest number of pedestrians. And there was me thinking that Canford Heath was the largest housing estate in Europe ![/p][/quote]Well it's not Canford Heath is a suburb and area of heathland in Poole, Dorset with a population of just under 14,500. Becontree is a large housing estate in Essex. With a population of around 100,000 just a little information you need to know! master plan
  • Score: 22

7:34am Wed 20 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Say you're a traveller and it will be done
Say you're a traveller and it will be done bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 21

7:40am Wed 20 Aug 14

ashleycross says...

So, she has spent her life campaigning for taxes to be raised to pay for better provision for older people, not. You get the politicians, laws and policies you deserve if you don't bother with politics.
So, she has spent her life campaigning for taxes to be raised to pay for better provision for older people, not. You get the politicians, laws and policies you deserve if you don't bother with politics. ashleycross
  • Score: -8

8:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

sunny1966 says...

It doesn’t matter whether its Poole and Bournemouth Council or whether its West Dorset, Purbeck, South Dorset or who ever, they are a waste of time and money. They are all government YES men taking salaries well above what their worth. Look at the traveller situation!!!!! Spineless, look at the state of our roads, wasters. And these people get voted in every time.
It doesn’t matter whether its Poole and Bournemouth Council or whether its West Dorset, Purbeck, South Dorset or who ever, they are a waste of time and money. They are all government YES men taking salaries well above what their worth. Look at the traveller situation!!!!! Spineless, look at the state of our roads, wasters. And these people get voted in every time. sunny1966
  • Score: -1

8:38am Wed 20 Aug 14

oldgiraffe says...

This should be well up the council's list. I told them about the problem years ago. Then there is the drop kerb in Mitchel Road that if you use it you go 200yds and end up at a kerb with no drop and have to go back if on a small scooter! They were told about that too!
This should be well up the council's list. I told them about the problem years ago. Then there is the drop kerb in Mitchel Road that if you use it you go 200yds and end up at a kerb with no drop and have to go back if on a small scooter! They were told about that too! oldgiraffe
  • Score: -8

8:39am Wed 20 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

sunny1966 wrote:
It doesn’t matter whether its Poole and Bournemouth Council or whether its West Dorset, Purbeck, South Dorset or who ever, they are a waste of time and money. They are all government YES men taking salaries well above what their worth. Look at the traveller situation!!!!! Spineless, look at the state of our roads, wasters. And these people get voted in every time.
I look forward to seeing you as an independent in the next election.
[quote][p][bold]sunny1966[/bold] wrote: It doesn’t matter whether its Poole and Bournemouth Council or whether its West Dorset, Purbeck, South Dorset or who ever, they are a waste of time and money. They are all government YES men taking salaries well above what their worth. Look at the traveller situation!!!!! Spineless, look at the state of our roads, wasters. And these people get voted in every time.[/p][/quote]I look forward to seeing you as an independent in the next election. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 14

8:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Say you're a traveller and it will be done
The travellers will do it today for a £50 back hander
its nothing its a simple one hour job.
I know they have done jobs for me at a fraction of other estimates
you will be surprised what good workers they are and they take the rubble away after they finished the job
top class workers
the Irish workers built our motorways for us here up north

Oh I forgot you don't do motorways in Dorset
you are stuck in the 1800s aren't you
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Say you're a traveller and it will be done[/p][/quote]The travellers will do it today for a £50 back hander its nothing its a simple one hour job. I know they have done jobs for me at a fraction of other estimates you will be surprised what good workers they are and they take the rubble away after they finished the job top class workers the Irish workers built our motorways for us here up north Oh I forgot you don't do motorways in Dorset you are stuck in the 1800s aren't you fizzy fert
  • Score: -18

9:15am Wed 20 Aug 14

mmmmmmm says...

Vulnerable road users not catered for,who wuolda thunk it.
Vulnerable road users not catered for,who wuolda thunk it. mmmmmmm
  • Score: -4

9:27am Wed 20 Aug 14

Fed up poole resident says...

I am neither old or disabled. Nor am I a resident of Canford Heath so I would not benefit from a dropped kerb being installed. However, as a council tax paying Poole resident I would like to see elderly and disabled people assisted in their bid for independence. Maybe Poole Council could divert some funds away from the pot providing skips and portable toilets for travellers and actually help our own communities. Just a thought!
I am neither old or disabled. Nor am I a resident of Canford Heath so I would not benefit from a dropped kerb being installed. However, as a council tax paying Poole resident I would like to see elderly and disabled people assisted in their bid for independence. Maybe Poole Council could divert some funds away from the pot providing skips and portable toilets for travellers and actually help our own communities. Just a thought! Fed up poole resident
  • Score: 27

9:36am Wed 20 Aug 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

There is central government money available for this that the Council can apply for so no excuse Poole Council!
There is central government money available for this that the Council can apply for so no excuse Poole Council! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 7

10:20am Wed 20 Aug 14

Daisy 11 says...

If they lowered the kerb she would trip on the drain
If they lowered the kerb she would trip on the drain Daisy 11
  • Score: 15

11:25am Wed 20 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

Not being funny, but sometimes we all have to adapt the way we do things to make our lives easier and as a disabled person with limited mobility myself, I do not believe that lady cannot get up a standard kerbstone. The height is less than that needed to lift her foot and take a pace. She sounds like a lot of people today, both young and old - want, want, want - with no intention of waiting their turn to get it.

She has been told it may be considered in the next financial year, so does she *really* think running to the Echo will speed things along?

Stop moaning and be glad you are alive and able to get around. Some people with more advanced disabilities do not have that luxury, so just be patient and wait your turn! .....
Not being funny, but sometimes we all have to adapt the way we do things to make our lives easier and as a disabled person with limited mobility myself, I do not believe that lady cannot get up a standard kerbstone. The height is less than that needed to lift her foot and take a pace. She sounds like a lot of people today, both young and old - want, want, want - with no intention of waiting their turn to get it. She has been told it may be considered in the next financial year, so does she *really* think running to the Echo will speed things along? Stop moaning and be glad you are alive and able to get around. Some people with more advanced disabilities do not have that luxury, so just be patient and wait your turn! ..... we-shall-see
  • Score: 31

11:44am Wed 20 Aug 14

old buffer says...

Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph?
Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph? old buffer
  • Score: 4

12:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

runningboy says...

Must be a slow news day!

Given there's limited funds this year, dissappointed the council couldn't commit to when they would fix the kerb next year.

If jobs were prioritised by footfall, then rural areas would never get any funding.
Must be a slow news day! Given there's limited funds this year, dissappointed the council couldn't commit to when they would fix the kerb next year. If jobs were prioritised by footfall, then rural areas would never get any funding. runningboy
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

SmilesBmouth says...

I suppose the dropped kerb less than 20m up the road is of no use? A quick look at google maps shows that there's a direct route with no hills that is no further to walk at all.

I'm in favour of helping the elderly and disabled, but common sense has to apply.
I suppose the dropped kerb less than 20m up the road is of no use? A quick look at google maps shows that there's a direct route with no hills that is no further to walk at all. I'm in favour of helping the elderly and disabled, but common sense has to apply. SmilesBmouth
  • Score: 17

3:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

SmilesBmouth wrote:
I suppose the dropped kerb less than 20m up the road is of no use? A quick look at google maps shows that there's a direct route with no hills that is no further to walk at all.

I'm in favour of helping the elderly and disabled, but common sense has to apply.
Ah but she goes to the shops 3 times a week, that would mean she would have to walk 120m extra, much too far. At least the photographer had some sense thinking she'd fall over if she crossed her arms.
[quote][p][bold]SmilesBmouth[/bold] wrote: I suppose the dropped kerb less than 20m up the road is of no use? A quick look at google maps shows that there's a direct route with no hills that is no further to walk at all. I'm in favour of helping the elderly and disabled, but common sense has to apply.[/p][/quote]Ah but she goes to the shops 3 times a week, that would mean she would have to walk 120m extra, much too far. At least the photographer had some sense thinking she'd fall over if she crossed her arms. twynhamob
  • Score: 8

4:10pm Wed 20 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

Get the person who lifts your foot up to put your shoes on for you
to lift your foot up to get you up a 3 inch gutter or stay in,
is there a step in and out of this woman's house.
Get the person who lifts your foot up to put your shoes on for you to lift your foot up to get you up a 3 inch gutter or stay in, is there a step in and out of this woman's house. fizzy fert
  • Score: 12

5:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

lyns1509 says...

Fed up poole resident wrote:
I am neither old or disabled. Nor am I a resident of Canford Heath so I would not benefit from a dropped kerb being installed. However, as a council tax paying Poole resident I would like to see elderly and disabled people assisted in their bid for independence. Maybe Poole Council could divert some funds away from the pot providing skips and portable toilets for travellers and actually help our own communities. Just a thought!
Totally agree, why are they wasting money on non taxpayers when there are elderly and disabled people in need of something so simple as a drop kerb!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't benefit either but to know that they can get around much easier makes me happy that I'm paying the council to use the money for the right things!

Owh and CUT THE GRASS!!!!!!!


=]
[quote][p][bold]Fed up poole resident[/bold] wrote: I am neither old or disabled. Nor am I a resident of Canford Heath so I would not benefit from a dropped kerb being installed. However, as a council tax paying Poole resident I would like to see elderly and disabled people assisted in their bid for independence. Maybe Poole Council could divert some funds away from the pot providing skips and portable toilets for travellers and actually help our own communities. Just a thought![/p][/quote]Totally agree, why are they wasting money on non taxpayers when there are elderly and disabled people in need of something so simple as a drop kerb!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't benefit either but to know that they can get around much easier makes me happy that I'm paying the council to use the money for the right things! Owh and CUT THE GRASS!!!!!!! =] lyns1509
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Wed 20 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

Just because this old lady cant step off a gutter with out breaking a leg
is no excuse to get in touch with the Gutter Press.
Just because this old lady cant step off a gutter with out breaking a leg is no excuse to get in touch with the Gutter Press. fizzy fert
  • Score: 5

7:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

fizzy fert says...
"you will be surprised what good workers they are and they take the rubble away after they finished the job"

Yep.......
And they fly tip it where they fancy.
fizzy fert says... "you will be surprised what good workers they are and they take the rubble away after they finished the job" Yep....... And they fly tip it where they fancy. BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

7:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

You should live on West Moors, they have lowered the kerbs twice in six months!!! Idiots waste money for fun out here!
You should live on West Moors, they have lowered the kerbs twice in six months!!! Idiots waste money for fun out here! West moors 1
  • Score: -1

10:53pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Local Knowledge says...

Is this story for real? It's a 3 inch high kerb! Get a life.
Is this story for real? It's a 3 inch high kerb! Get a life. Local Knowledge
  • Score: 6

11:38am Thu 21 Aug 14

snowflakes says...

They have more important things to do,like setting up toilets for the Travellers who have invaded. Creekmoor yet again.
They have more important things to do,like setting up toilets for the Travellers who have invaded. Creekmoor yet again. snowflakes
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

old buffer wrote:
Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph?
'Kerb' is UK English, 'Curb' is US English, so the correct spelling in a UK publication is 'kerb'.
[quote][p][bold]old buffer[/bold] wrote: Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph?[/p][/quote]'Kerb' is UK English, 'Curb' is US English, so the correct spelling in a UK publication is 'kerb'. JackJohnson
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

JackJohnson wrote:
old buffer wrote:
Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph?
'Kerb' is UK English, 'Curb' is US English, so the correct spelling in a UK publication is 'kerb'.
Curb is also 'proper' English for curtail or restrict.
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old buffer[/bold] wrote: Is there a rule which states that the word 'kerb' must be spelt 'curb' when it's in the caption to a photograph?[/p][/quote]'Kerb' is UK English, 'Curb' is US English, so the correct spelling in a UK publication is 'kerb'.[/p][/quote]Curb is also 'proper' English for curtail or restrict. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Thu 21 Aug 14

grazzer says...

Can we please curb all this discussion on the correct spelling of kerb
Can we please curb all this discussion on the correct spelling of kerb grazzer
  • Score: 1

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