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Local problems for citizens with ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia

Monday 28 February 2011

Susan Paton
Susan Paton

From the UK's Bicester Advertiser:


Access plea of disabled woman

By Sam McGregor
11:11am Thursday 17th February 2011

A DISABLED woman has called for roadworks in Bicester town centre to be made more pedestrian friendly.

Susan Paton said disabled people and pedestrians were left marooned on either side of Manorsfield Road because of the work.

The work is the first phase of a £70m scheme by Cherwell District Council and Sainsbury’s to transform the heart of the town centre.

Phase one, which started last August, involves moving the River Bure from one side of Manorsfield Road to the other.

But at the moment both sides of Manorsfield Road have been dug up and the footpath on the east side has been demolished, meaning pedestrians who want to reach shops in Manorsfield Road have to walk there via Market Square.

Mrs Paton, 49, who has ME and Fibromyalgia Syndrome, which leaves her in pain if she walks too far, said: “I want them to make it so people with a disability can get to the shops.

“We need to be able to access the bank and should not have to walk all the way around.”

A spokesman for construction firm Kier Moss said highways inspectors checked the site daily to ensure it met safety standards, but more signs would be placed at the site to direct pedestrians.

He said: “Access around the works is something that we take very seriously.”


The above originally appeared here.

And from the UK's Wishaw Press:


Sharon Barrett
Sharon Barrett

Newmains woman furious after her car is damaged by pothole

A NEWMAINS mum-of-three has hit out at North Lanarkshire Council – after her car was severely damaged by a pothole.

Blue badge holder Sharon Barrett – who suffers fibromyalgia, a muscular pain and fatigue disorder – also received whiplash in the incident, and has a repair bill of £840 to make her vehicle roadworthy again.

The 33-year-old mum was returning home on Saturday, February 5, after attending her nephew’s birthday party.

She said: “I was driving along the A71 between Waterloo and Newmains around 6pm, when suddenly there was an almighty thud and the car ground to a halt.

“When I got out to inspect the damage I saw I had two burst tyres and one of my wheels was visibly buckled. The pothole was filled with water and really deep.”

Although the speed limit for the A71 is 60mph Sharon was careful to stay well within it.

She continued: “I always drive carefully – especially when there are kids in the car – and was only travelling at about 35 miles an hour. At that speed I couldn’t believe how much damage had been caused.

“We had to wait for about an hour-and-a-half for a tow truck to come out and get us home. Then I spent until 5am on Sunday morning at Wishaw General Hospital because of the whiplash I had sustained.”

Since the incident Sharon has been to hospital on two further occasions, including an appointment to have her lungs X-rayed for damage caused by bruising.

She added: “I think the state of the roads around here are disgraceful. On almost every one there are numerous potholes.

“The A71 where I had my accident is even more hazardous because the lighting is poor.

“Since it happened I’ve spoken to several people who have confirmed that the pothole had been there for weeks. With this in mind I’m taking legal advice about what I should do next.

“I think it’s ridiculous that a dangerous pot hole was left unattended for so long. I understand it has been filled in now, but that’s no good with the expense and inconvenience I’m facing.”

Bill Hazel, business manager of roads operations), for North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The recent severe weather has caused damage to the roads network, however the council have an ongoing programme of inspection and repair. Members of the public can report any road problems on 01698 403110.”




The above originally appeared here.


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