Western Leader : July 29th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Tuesday, July 29, 2014 raumatic’ fall Bruised face: Patricia Collins the day after the fall. Call for footpaths to be levelled and repaired By MONICA TISCHLER FALL victim Patricia Collins never imagined returning home shaken and bruised after a day running errands in New Lynn. The Titirangi woman was left ‘‘traumatised’’ after she tripped and fell on an uneven footpath on the corner of Totara Ave and Veronica St last Monday. The fall caused extensive bruising to her eyes and nose. ‘‘I fell flat on my face and not only was I angry at myself but at the sloppiness of the footpath as well,’’ she says. ‘‘I keep hearing the smack of my head on the pavement – I could have been dead.’’ Collins is now urging Auckland Transport to invest in safer, more even footpaths in a bid to stop others from hurting themselves. ‘‘Footpaths need to be addressed and made fit for ordinary people to walk on. ‘‘More focus needs to be given to them, rather than on beautiful bus shelters, railways and high rise buildings. ‘‘I know I’m not alone. I think a lot of people have also tripped but might be too frightened or embarrassed to come forward.’’ A spokesperson says Auck- land Transport hasn’t received any complaints about the condition of the footpath but is now investigating the site. An engineer checked the footpath on Friday. Collins considers herself a ‘‘confident walker’’ and was wearing sturdy walking shoes when she fell. She regularly walks her dog in West Auckland and Nasty fall: Patricia Collins, pictured three days after the fall, was left with extensive bruisingand swellingtoher face after she tripped and fell on an uneven footpath inNewLynn. Inset: Patricia revisited the site and hasmarked the area she tripped and fell to alert other pedestriansofits uneven surface. Main photo: MONICA TISCHLER often notices cracked and uneven footpaths. She’s lost her footing in Te Atatu and outside New Lynn McDonald’s but says her latest tumble has really robbed her confidence. ‘‘I’m strong but I’m just worried about other people.’’ Collins phoned an ambu- lance after her fall to assess her for concussion or bone fractures. An X-ray revealed bruising to her face. Whau Local Board chair- woman Catherine Farmer says footpath maintenance is a big issue across the wider Auckland region but would like to see closer attention to pavements out west. ‘‘It appears that footpaths in Eastern and central Auckland are in better condition than ours and we’d like our footpaths upgraded more frequently.’’ Farmer says board members indicate to Auckland Transport specific areas that need repair and atten- YOUR CHILDREN ARE AMAZING ALREADY. WE JUST HELP THEM PROVE IT. Rough surface: The uneven footpath andcurbing where Patricia tripped and fell. tion through the Footpath Renewals programme. West Auckland footpaths noted in the board’s July agenda for repairs and Photo: MONICA TISCHLER replacements include Great North Rd, Blockhouse Bay Rd, Rua Rd in Glen Eden and St Leonards Rd, Kelston. The Commonwealth Games are half way through. Have you been watching? Go to westernleader.co.nzto have your say RESULT We asked: Have you ever been caught out by a TradeMe deal gone wrong? Yes: 45.5 per cent No: 54.4 per cent Tough loss It was a rough day for the Massey rugby premier side when they took on North Shore– P19 THE VOTE TODAY Peace week Youngstersat Ranui Primary School are learning about peace and they role they can play in it – P9 From New Entrant to Year 11, NumberWorks’nWords afterschool tuition brings out the best in Kiwi students by: • tailoring lessons according to each individual’s needs • setting achievable goals and monitoring their progress • developing our own programmes using only qualified Maths and English experts 836 3123 Maths & English FREE ASSESSMENT – BOOK NOW!
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