‘Don’t take my independence,’ says Long Sutton pensioner

Fed-up pensioner Peter Oliver
Fed-up pensioner Peter Oliver
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An 86-year-old man has spoken out about the poor state of council-owned paths near his home, saying they have taken away his independence.

Abraham Oliver, known as Peter, said that excess stone chippings and extremely long grass verges on Seagate Road in Long Sutton make it difficult for him to use his mobility scooter.

In recent months, Mr Oliver has suffered two punctures thanks to chippings on the pavement and has started to ride in the road to avoid more.

“It has taken away a little bit of my independence,” he admitted.

“I still go out on my buggy, but there is no guarantee that I will get back.”

Long grass growing 
either side of the paths has also started to infringe on the pavement, meaning there is little room for Mr Oliver and his mobility scooter in the first place.

Mr Oliver has complained twice to South Holland District Council about the state of the paths, but has seen no improvement.

“On bank holiday weekend in May they promised me the paths would be cleared within seven days. Nothing has been done yet.”

Mr Oliver has lived in his home on Seagate Road with his wife Joan (84) for 25 years.

He was able to drive until last year, when he suffered heart problems. He then began using a mobility scooter to get around after having a fall.

“I can walk, but not very far,” Mr Oliver said.

“My mobility scooter means I don’t have to rely on my wife. I can jump on my buggy and go and get myself a paper.”

But it is not just Mr Oliver who is suffering as a result of the paths. He said that people with wheelchairs or pushchairs also have trouble.

“I’m not trying to be a pain,” Mr Oliver added.

“I’m just trying to get a bit of change for me and my neighbours.”

A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: “We are aware of the situation and will send an officer to inspect the area as soon as possible.”