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Moray Council to resurface uneven path in Pilmuir after grandmother trips on broken drain and falls

By Garry McCartney

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Fiona wants to see the path resurfaced outside Pilmuir Primary School.
Fiona wants to see the path resurfaced outside Pilmuir Primary School.

A GRANDMOTHER from Califer Road who tripped on a nearby broken drain has asked Moray Council to level the pavement it is on before someone is badly hurt.

Forres Community Council member Fiona Graham was on her way home from an appointment at the health centre when she fell on Nursery Lane.

She said: “I tripped on a drain that has bits of concrete around it that are loose. As I stood on it, I found myself falling over. Once I got up I found I had cuts and bruises on my knees and a graze on one of my hands.”

Nursery Lane is between Pilmuir Road and Randolph Lane alongside Pilmuir Primary School. The thin pathway is very uneven with broken tar, concrete, potholes and raised parts where roots lie underneath.

It is also where a number of parents drop off and pick up their children from school.

Fiona did not immediately report the issue to Moray Council, but decided to after being on a school run herself.

She said: “I was trying to walk down through the lane past the school on my way home and the lane was very congested with parents picking up their children. It was

hard to walk over the uneven ground without thinking I might fall again! When it rains, it makes it even more difficult, especially for those with sight or mobility issues. I would like to see the entire path resurfaced so it is flat and even. Otherwise, the next person who has an accident there might have more than minor injuries.”

Moray Councillor Aaron McLean (Forres, SNP) lives nearby.

He said: “There is a problem with the drain that I want them to take a look at.”

A council spokesperson confirmed a manhole cover is being replaced and the local authority has requested a quote for resurfacing work.

She added: “Problems with footways should be reported via https://online.moray.gov.uk/site/wss/request/RoadsFault

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