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Criticism over lack of gritting after woman hurt in Spalding fall




The Minor Injuries Unit at Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090115-118TW.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090115-118TW.

A woman needed hospital treatment for a cut eyebrow after slipping and falling on ice in Spalding town centre.

The woman was taken to the Minor Injuries unit at Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck, by a member of the public after she fell down outside Boots in Hall Place at about 4.10pm on Tuesday.

It was just like a skating rink because where the snow was trodden down, the sun shone on it and made it just one long stretch of ice
Reginald Ellarby, of Spalding

Reginald Ellarby (85), of Rembrandt Way, Spalding, who saw the incident, said: “It was just like a skating rink because where the snow was trodden down, the sun shone on it and made it just one long stretch of ice.

“The authorities really ought to have looked at that stretch of pavement and I thought that would have been normal in weather like this.”

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are sorry to hear about this incident and hope that the woman is okay.

“We would love to be able to grit every road and footpath in the county, but we simply don’t have the resources.

“I am sure people will appreciate that at times like these we need to focus our efforts on the county’s busiest routes and so, unfortunately, that does mean that we are not able to routinely salt footpaths.

“Our advice to resident is please do take extra care when out and about over the next few days.”

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