Pensioner campaigns to make 'dangerous' Humberston car park safe for shoppers
A PENSIONER is leading a one-woman-campaign to improve a "dangerous" road surface that she says is causing shoppers to trip up and hurt themselves.
Dee Breckon, 71, has been campaigning outside the shops in Fieldhouse Road, Humberston, for hours at a time collecting signatures for a petition in a bid to make the owners of the land take notice.
As reported, a search has been launched by ward councillors to find the owners and force them to repair the surface which is littered with potholes after a series of harsh winters.
And although reassured by councillors' efforts, Dee, of St Christopher's Road, said she will not stop campaigning until she sees action taken – and so far she has collected more than 200 signatures.
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"Over the past few months I have gone to councillors and spoken to officials, but nothing has been done about it," she said.
"It is getting worse, and I just thought something should be done. So far it is just me out here, but I have spoken to a lot of people who feel the same.
"All we are asking is for the grass to be kept cut and for the area outside to be surfaced like a proper car park.
"I will campaign so hard before a really nasty accident is caused."
During her campaign, Dee says she has come across many people who have suffered injury or misfortune as a result of the poorly kept path and car park surface.
One woman fell and severely twisted her ankle, while the suspension on a man's car had been damaged after driving over a pothole, she said.
Dee herself has also fallen victim, after reversing into a broken bollard and causing £120 of damage to her car.
But the main problem seems to be tracking down the owners of the privately owned site – who the shop managers claim not to know either.
Dee said: "Surely someone knows who this land belongs to? Surely someone can help us?"
Her thoughts are echoed by the many residents who have signed the petition. Among them were Valerie and Steven Cutting, of Coniston Crescent, Humberston.
Valerie said: "It has been going on years and getting worse all the time. The person who owns it should feel very guilty if someone gets hurt."
Steven said: "We have to go to the chemist on a regular basis and every time we complain about it."
Michael and Susan Sinclair also want to see something done.
Michael said: "It is dangerous for people and cars and totally unrealistic to think this is acceptable. Either make it a proper car park or stop people from using it as one."
All three Humberston ward councillors have taken the issue to North East Lincolnshire Council, whose legal department is trying to establish who the landowner is.