New call for action on Sidmouth ‘nightmare’ pavements

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A rallying call for immediate action over the state of Sidmouth’s ‘nightmare’ pavements has been backed by numerous outraged residents.

Concerned businessman and resident Marc Kilsbie is among the many to comment on the issue which he claimed was a constant problem, sending people to the floor daily.

He said: “It makes me question just how severe an incident has to be before something is done.”

Mr Kilsbie said, his wife had helped a man who had fallen and suffered a four-inch laceration and concussion last year.

He added: “I have been here 10 years and it is non-stop, It is an every day occurrence.


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“Immediate action needs to be taken. Our town is getting busier and busier.”

It all comes after a resident on Streetlife under the username ‘Jan N’ reported seeing people falling over outside Tesco Express, in the High Street.

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The first was an elderly woman and the second was a man who was left ‘pretty shaken’ after he tripped holding his shopping, smashing a bottle and jar of coffee.

Devon county councillor Stuart Hughes, who is responsible for highways, said he had inspected the damaged area of paving in the High Street with the neigbourhood highways officer with a view to look at alternative paving slabs.

He said the paving there – and in other parts of Sidmouth – was repeatedly damaged by HGVs and other vehicles when drivers ignored the loading and parking restrictions, pulling up on the pavement.

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