Dec 20 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
A GROUP of angry neighbours have teamed up to help tackle the state of the pavements along their stretch of road.
Families in Drummond Drive, Stanmore, have organised a petition calling on the council to maintain the concrete paving, which has numerous ‘dangerous’ bumps and cracks.
The street is occupied by a large number of elderly people and they claim the appalling state of the pavement is a hazard for them.
Deanna Kaye, 64, has lived on the road with her husband, Dr Anthony Kaye, for more than 21 years.
Mrs Kaye said: “It is so dangerous. I cannot understand why the council have not sorted out the problem already.
“All the other streets around us are fine and are maintained properly. It is our bit of Drummond Drive that has not been touched or maintained for years.
“It’s very frustrating, especially because I have fallen over a few times due to the poor state of the pavement.
“Lots of us have sent out letters to the council and received generic letters back saying that our request is pending.”
At November’s council meeting, Stanmore Park councillor Marilyn Ashton handed in the petition on behalf of the complainants.
Councillor Ashton told the Observer: “I am so disappointed that people have had to resort to sending out letters and creating a petition to have a simple problem resolved.
“I really sympathise with the residents in Drummond Drive, they should not have had to go through this process. It is disgraceful. The citizens of Harrow deserve better service from the council than this.”
Tony Caplim, 61, has been living on the road for 19 years. He has a walking problem and has fallen over the bumps several times.
He said: “The whole road needs to be fixed. The council have sorted out the few bumps directly outside my house, but that is only because I fell over twice and I complained twice to them. It is very dangerous.”
John Edwards, divisional director for environmental services at Harrow Council, said: “We are aware of the concerns of the residents of Drummond Drive and have recently responded to a petition relating to the condition of the footway.
“Our senior highways engineer has carried out a further recent assessment of the northern section of Drummond Drive and the road should now be included in the 2013/14 programme.
“In addition, Drummond Drive, as with all other roads, is inspected three to four times a year and any specific areas considered to be immediately hazardous will be repaired.”