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Mobility shop kerb is “ridiculous”

Freda Newlands says the kerb outside a mobility shop in Montrose is too high.

Freda Newlands says the kerb outside a mobility shop in Montrose is too high.

An elderly woman who has to use a walking stick after having a stroke says the height of a kerb outside a mobility shop in Montrose is “ridiculous”.

Freda Newlands (70), of Glenogil Street, says the pavement outside SES Mobility Ltd., Mobility Services, on Murray Street, is too high.

Mrs Newlands said: “I struggle to get up the pavement. It is ridiculous to have such a high kerb outside a mobility shop. It definitely needs to be lowered.”

There is a disabled parking space outside the shop, which Mrs Newlands uses but she said she has difficulty walking up the kerb once she gets out of the car.

“I have to walk down to the crossing where the pavement is flatter to be able to get onto the path,” she said.

Mrs Newlands told the Review she has raised the issue with the shop.

Yvonne Findlay, manager for SES Mobility, said: “We really appreciate having a disabled parking space outside the shop but we appreciate that the height of the kerb does cause problems for people getting in and out of vehicles.”

Mrs Newlands also raised concerns about the height of kerbs in other areas in Montrose, including the High Street.

She commented the steps in particular the outside The Factory Shop and near some of the bus stops are particularly steep.

She said: “If I can avoid going up the High Street I will. I won’t go for the fear of falling.

“They have put some railings up in the High Street but there should be more for elderly and disabled people.

“I have to walk right down to where it is flatter to be able to cross the street.”

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Now that we have been made aware of these concerns, we will be looking into this matter. If any members of the public have similar concerns, we would urge them to contact our customer service team on 08452 777 778.”

 

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