CIVIC chiefs say repairs will be made to a Winchester city centre street with a bad record of causing falls.

Ann Hawkins suffered a head injury after falling in Middle Brook Street earlier this month.

Mrs Hawkins, 75, of Goring Field, Teg Down, said only a few minutes after he mishap another women tripped a few yards up the street.

Her husband Keri called on the county council to take immediate action to rectify the problem.

Cllr Rob Humby, executive member for environment and transport at Hampshire County Council, speaking last Thursday, said: “I’m sorry to hear of Mrs Hawkins’ fall. I have checked with our highways teams and can confirm that a permanent repair is due be carried out within the week.

“Safe and well-maintained roads and footways are a priority for the county council, and we are committed to using the budget we have for highways maintenance as effectively and efficiently as possible.

"In recent years, the county council has invested significantly in Winchester, including complete resurfacing of the High Street and The Square with York stone paving, and more recently we have worked with Winchester City Council to install additional security features which are in keeping with the historic city to replace the temporary concrete barriers.

"There are particular issues in areas where vehicles drive over the footways causing additional damage to the footway surfaces, and, while we endeavour to keep on top of running repairs, this does mean we may have more frequent damage in some areas, and ultimately we may have to consider different surfacing materials at some sites where this is a recurring problem.”

Hampshire County Council looks after over 5,000 miles of road and over 3,000 miles of footway.

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