Pavement campaigner threatens council with legal action
11:32am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
A disabled man, dedicated to improving the borough’s roads and pathways, is threatening to take the council to court after falling over cracked paving stones.
Martyn Ellacot, of Godley Road, Earlsfield, tripped over close to his home when walking his daughter back from Burntwood School at about 4pm, Wednesday, October 10.
He spent two hours in accident and emergency after damaging tendons in his foot and fears he will not be able to take his daughter to school for months while he recovers.
Mr Ellacot, who is vice-chairman of Wandsworth Access, had complained to the council months earlier about broken paving stones.
He said he reported his accident to the council shortly afterwards and was told an inspector would be sent.
Mr Ellacot said: “The weather has started to change, my sight was not as good as it is getting darker.
“I reported it to the council, they said they would send an inspector. They weren’t sympathetic at all.
“I’m debating about taking it to court.”
A spokesman for the council said: “We cannot find any trace of Mr Ellacott informing us about pavement problems in Godley Road, but if he contacts us to tell us exactly where the defect is we will investigate and carry out any necessary repairs.”
Earlier this month Mr Ellacot took the Wandsworth Guardian to pavements in the borough in desperate need of repair.