Mobility scooter user faces danger on Padiham roads

Mr Bill Kelly from Padiham who is calling for the town to be made more mobility scooter friendly.'Photo Ben Parsons
Mr Bill Kelly from Padiham who is calling for the town to be made more mobility scooter friendly.'Photo Ben Parsons

A pensioner is calling for Padiham town centre to be made more mobility scooter friendly.

Bill Kelly (82) says high kerbs in parts of the town are making life difficult for scooter users and the disabled.

The great-grandfather, who lives in Albert Street, has been forced to drive his scooter on the busy Burnley Road – putting him in danger.

He says the kerb problem is particularly bad near the Starkie Arms, along Church Street, at the bottom of Moor Lane and along Burnley Road near the Hand and Shuttle.

Now Mr Kelly is calling for more dropped kerbs which can be easily navigated by mobility scooter owners as well as wheelchair users and families with prams.

He said: “The flag edges are really bad. They can be really dangerous because you are liable to tip off into the road.

“If I have an accident I am covered on the pavement but not on the road.

“The bottom end of the town centre is pretty good with the flag edges that are low enough.

“The worst area is near the Starkie Arms. The scooters with small wheels really do struggle.

“It has been a problem for a number of years.”

County Coun. Marcus Johnstone, who represents Padiham and Burnley West and is also Cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, hopes to take action.

He said: “I was very concerned to hear that scooter users are having difficulty getting around Padiham because there aren’t enough dropped kerbs.

“I have an allocation of money which can be used for local projects in Padiham and have asked the county council’s officers to work up a scheme.

“In particular, they will be looking at the area round the Starkie Arms, Church Street and the bus stop on Burnley Road near the Hand and Shuttle.”