It’s emerged that an 84-year old woman has had to be treated in hospital for facial injuries after inadvertently stepping into a “large pothole” in Ludlow Street, Penarth.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is facing a rising number of injury claims from people who have tripped or fallen as a result of badly-maintained roads and pavements.
The Ludlow Street accident involved 84-year-old widow Mrs Isobel Jones who was “extremely shocked” by her fall. The incident occurred on the afternoon of August 30th. She was taken to the Emergency Unit at University Hospital Cardiff suffering from bruising and with a serious cut to her face which required stitches.
Mrs Jones has now written to the Penarth Times to “thank the lovely people who stopped to help me” including “Pip” (Philippa Friedman of the Fauvette wine and cheese delicatessen in Glebe St ) who had applied cold compresses to her face – and also expresses her gratitude to local resident “Andrew”.
Other passers-by also rendered aid to Mrs Jones before she was taken to hospital by ambulance
The deteriorating condition of roads and pavements in Penarth remains the subject of increasing concern in the town.
A Freedom of Information request has shown that in 2015, the Vale of Glamorgan Council had to pay out nearly £250,00o in compensation payments – a total that’s increased 29% since 2012.