Eric and Sue Garvey find parts of West High St footpath dangerous for wheelchairs and motorised scooters.
Eric and Sue Garvey find parts of West High St footpath dangerous for wheelchairs and motorised scooters. BRUCE THOMAS

Troublesome strip raises concern

GOING to the shops shouldn’t feel like you’re scaling ledges or incite the fear of falling down a ditch, but for some the pathway on West High St is a troublesome strip.

Eric and Sue Garvey, who live in West High St, say they avoid the 20-minute stroll to town in favour of driving because the path is so bad.

Mr Garvey said it would be easy for a wheelchair or motor scooter to lose balance, go over the ledge, down the ditch and into the gutter.

“If a skate-boarder, someone on a bike or with a pram is walking the other way, there is room to give way and avoid an accident,” Mr Garvey said.

“It wouldn’t take much to do something about it and even a barricade for safety would solve the problem.”

He said the worst sections were opposite Shop 36 and outside the Club Coffs on West High.

Ms Garvey said along with the ledge, there was a large slope which led to a drain which made her nervous to travel the path.

“People don’t give way and I get nervous in case a wheel goes over the edge, I lose balance and end up in the ditch,” Ms Garvey said.



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