A campaigning multiple sclerosis sufferer is celebrating after winning her battle to improve the condition of pavements on her Sheffield estate.
Jane Hurst, from Gleadless, was inspired to launch Access All Areas after her worsening multiple sclerosis forced her into a wheelchair a year ago.
“I had no idea just how bad the pavements were until I ventured out in the wheelchair,” said Jane, aged 50, who worked as a probation officer until her illness forced her to take early retirement last year.
Jane says she has fallen from her wheelchair twice in the past few months due to poor pavement conditions and insufficient drop kerbs on Carson Mount where she lives.
Now Sheffield Council has fixed the drop kerbs on Jane’s street – but she insists there is still plenty of work to do.
She told The Star: “I’m thrilled the council paid attention. The pavements still need work in places but the council promised they’ll be resurfaced in 2016 and I can wait.
“However, the campaign I launched was called Access All Areas, so I’m on a mission now to help others across the city who are in the same predicament.
“I know I’m not the only wheelchair user out there who has struggled in their local area.
“I fell flat on my face twice due to unsatisfactory drop kerbs. The last time, I crushed my glasses and broke the arm off my chair.
“Nobody should have to endure a white-knuckle ride every time they nip out to the shops.”
Coun Jack Scott, city council cabinet member for street scene, said: “We know the condition of roads and pavements across the city is an issue for many people.
“Our Streets Ahead project is improving the condition of the city’s roads and pavements, but this is a huge project and the work can’t be carried out overnight. We’re asking for the public’s understanding.”
n Visit Access all areas UK for more information on Jane’s campaign.