Disabled Sharon pleas for pothole repair after fall

Sharon Essam who was tipped out of her wheelchair into the road when a wheel got stuck in a pothole. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG220512-339NG
Sharon Essam who was tipped out of her wheelchair into the road when a wheel got stuck in a pothole. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG220512-339NG

DISABLED woman Sharon Essam is calling on the county council to repair a pothole after she was tipped out of her wheelchair while crossing the road.

Mrs Essam (40), of Main Road, Gedney Drove End, is paralysed from the waist down and was catapulted forwards out of her chair, grazing her hands and knees.

She’s asked the county council to repair the pothole urgently because it’s directly in line with the dropped kerb outside her home.

Until it’s fixed, she must wheel herself to a neighbour’s dropped kerb – and then go 50 metres along a busy road to her work at the primary school.

Mrs Essam lives in an adapted bungalow with husband and carer Jonathan (48) and can normally manage the short journey to work.

She said: “I rang the county council a week and a bit ago for them to send someone out but they say it isn’t urgent because the pothole isn’t deep enough. They will get round to it when they get round to it so they are quite happy to have me sprawled in the road.”

Mrs Essam has been in a wheelchair for seven years since she was injured in a road crash.

Area highways manager Jonathan Pearson said: “All potholes are rigorously assessed and our goal is to repair the most serious ones posing the most significant danger to road users within 24 hours.

“This lady has been in touch with us and she knows we’re repairing this slight damage to the road surface as soon as we can. This will be in the next few weeks and we’ve told her we’ll let her know when.”