Frozen town centre footpaths blamed for numerous accidents

Thursday, 21 December 2017

PEDESTRIANS using Ballymena town centre last week have hit out at the treacherous state of the footpaths during the Arctic spell of weather.
Numerous calls were made to the Guardian by people asking why the footpaths were allowed to get into such a state - and why it took so long for them to be cleared.
There were a number of falls reported, with unsuspecting members of the public being caught unaware of the very slippery and dangerous surfaces.
A number of people suffered broken bones in falls.
One caller said the footpaths were "an absolute joke, if it was not so serious."
Another said the conditions were so bad it was a miracle no-one got seriously injured.
“It was so slippery that I walked on the road from the top to the bottom of Wellington Street," outlined an irate member of the public.
“I know it was a dangerous thing to do, but believe me it was much safer than the footpath."
Several people were observed walking along what they thought was a cleared footpath - before being brought back to reality with a slip or slide which almost put them on their back!
The Guardian contacted Mid and East Antrim Council, and told of the major concerns of the public.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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