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'Pavement that could kill you' – New Milton councillor slams trip hazards at Ashley Parade and Old Milton Road

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DANGEROUS trip hazards were highlighted as a New Milton councillor condemned the run-down state of a shopping parade in Ashley.

Cllr Valya Schooling was among a town council working party launched after she called for both Ashley Parade and Old Milton Road to be regenerated.

After recently visited the sites with fellow group members, she was particularly damning of the uneven pavements at Ashley.

The state of the pavement at Ashley Parade
The state of the pavement at Ashley Parade

“To say we were shocked is an understatement,” Cllr Schooling told a recent amenities committee meeting.

“We could not believe you were allowed to have a condition of the pavement you use to enter a shop that could kill you, with the trip hazards.

“All shops are open for business and paying business rates – hello? That’s not acceptable!”

Pointing out the issue needed to be raised with Hampshire County Council, she called for local county councillor Mel Kendal to be urged to pursue it.

Turning to actions the town council could take to improve the parade’s appearance, Cllr Schooling suggested flower planters be installed.

Three posts had also been identified for the positioning of hanging baskets in work that would be led by town council estates and facilities manager Mark Jeffries.

“Something needs to be done drastically and very quickly,” Cllr Schooling concluded. “It’s alright to say you don’t have the money, but that takes years to get to the state it is in.”

Referring to Old Milton Road, she said the working party had identified issues with the pavements there, but these were not as serious as in Ashley Parade.

Planters could also be installed to help improve its appearance, she added.

Amenities committee chair Cllr Geoff Blunden stressed that although small-scale improvements can be made to the parades this year, costings would need to be reviewed for further long-term work.

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