Council bosses are trying to secure funding to repair a problem pavement in Doncaster – months after a grandmother fell and injured her face.
Nuala Dodds, aged 65, was walking along High Street in Bawtry when she tripped on flag stones outside the Crown Hotel in May.
The mother-of-two suffered horrible bruising to the left hand side of her face, including to her eyelid, nose and cheek.
Last month council bosses met with Craig Dowie, the Crown Hotel’s director, to discuss fixing the pavement, which remains in an unsafe condition. Craig said: “It was confirmed through the deeds that neither the hotel, Doncaster Council nor Bawtry Town Council owns that land. It is a no man’s land.
“It’s one of those political correctness gone mad situations. I want to sort it out but my planning application was refused because it’s a public right of way.
“I don’t know how likely it is that the council will find the funding, or how long it might take to fix the pavement if they can. It could be this year or it could take four years.”
However, Bawtry Town Council chairman Sandy Young insists it is Craig’s responsibility to repair the pavement.
He said: “Some 20 years ago a circuit judge confirmed that the land belonged to the individual landlords.
“I believe if Doncaster Council are able to find the funding then they would take responsibility for it.
“The area needs to be made safe and the council support this, but it is a shame the Crown Hotel can not accept their responsibility.”
This comes as little comfort to Nuala, who said: “Whilst I am disappointed that all the parties are denying responsibility, I am not surprised.
“My only interest is that the pavement should be made safe so that nobody else will suffer injury. The paving where I fell is in a busy town and it makes no sense that the highways department owes no duty to members of the public walking there.
“Hopefully the necessary work will be carried out in the near future.”
Scott Cardwell, the council’s assistant director of development, said: “We are willing to facilitate joint discussions with Bawtry Town Council, the shop frontage owners and the Crown Hotel, as providing a mutually acceptable solution is the priority.
“As part of assisting to move this situation forward, the council has agreed to help look into accessing external funding.”