Letter of the week: Council is failing to keep South Shields's pavements up to standard

Our writer believes South Shields's pavements need more protection from gentlemen such as these in our flashback picture from the town's Redwell Lane.
Our writer believes South Shields's pavements need more protection from gentlemen such as these in our flashback picture from the town's Redwell Lane.

As a person who was born and bred in South Shields, I have often criticised the slow demise of the town, especially the town centre, which is the domain of the council.

It is the council’s remit to upkeep the standards of the town and its presentation to locals and visitors alike, but I am afraid that it is lacking in this department as in many others.

I was walking along Ocean Road, supposedly a pedestrian area, opposite Morrisons, when I saw an elderly gentleman stumble as he caught his foot on a loose paving stone.

Fortunately, he was okay and carried on saying “b****y pavements”, to which I agreed.

This incident, however, made me look at the condition of the pavements, both in that area and indeed all along King Street.

The result was absolutely disgusting as I found numerous loose paving slabs that moved underfoot when stood on.

However, the amount of broken paving slabs was staggering, which is a dangerous situation waiting to happen.

This made me think that as it is supposedly a pedestrian area the amount of vehicular traffic using these thoroughfares has increased tremendously in the last few years, which is bound to cause damage to pavements, yet no one seems to do anything about it.

An example of a pedestrian thoroughfare is Jarrow shopping centre where you can do your shopping without the worry of vans or cars causing damage to the paving.

Jack Wiffin