Call for action over alleyway

NILALM110901C2 - Niall Osborne is concerned about the uneaven footpath where he fell and broke his foot
NILALM110901C2 - Niall Osborne is concerned about the uneaven footpath where he fell and broke his foot

A BROKEN foot after a fall on ‘unsafe’ pavement has left a Kirk Hallam man facing three months laid up with his leg in plaster.

Niall Osborne, 49, told the Advertiser about the fall and warned other pedestrians about the spot where he fell in an alleyway near homes on Kenilworth Drive, saying: “It’s happened to me but it will happen again and what if the next person is older and frailer. It’s an accident waiting to happen down there.”

NILALM110901C3 - Niall Osborne is concerned about the uneaven footpath where he fell and broke his foot

NILALM110901C3 - Niall Osborne is concerned about the uneaven footpath where he fell and broke his foot

Mr Osborne was walking back from his partner’s daughter’s house when his foot went from under him as he walked.

He said: “It was broad daylight and I was just walking along, the next thing I was on the floor with a broken foot.”

The accident prompted Mr Osborne to get in touch with the Advertiser about the state of the alleyway.

He said: “I know that there are pensioners using that alley all the time and that’s what’s worrying.

“As well the pavement being in an awful state there’s no lighting or anything, it’s so dangerous down there.

“If I can fall over and break my foot down there than they could do the same, someone needs to do something about it.”

Derbyshire County Council said it had looked into the ownership of the alleyway and found it was not their responsibility.

The Advertiser also contacted Three Valleys Housing who did not come back with a comment on the matter.

Mr Osborne added: “I don’t care who it is that owns it, something needs to be done before it happens again.”