Being able to go out to local shops or to visit friends is a lifeline for many but too often with the state of the pavements it is more like an assault course. This can lead to elderly or disabled residents feeling trapped in their homes and isolated and even a loss of independence.
That is why Gerri has long been campaigning for better maintenance of pavements in East Chesterton by the County Council and she has also worked to get funding from other sources for improvements. Last year Gerri managed to secure over £40,000 for new dropped kerbs from the City Council’s North Area Committee Enviromental Improvement Fund and now plans for where these will be are being worked up.
Gerri said “Dropped kerbs can make such a difference to elderly, those with disabilities or parents with pushchairs. In the past they have been done only 1 or 2 at a time but now we can put a comprehensive programme into place in the north of the City. Being able to get out shopping is so important to maintain independence.”
If you have any suggestions for where a dropped kerb is needed, please get in touch with Gerri this month using the contact details in this leaflet. Let’s work together to improve East Chesterton.