Mansfield residents call for footpath revamp

Oak Tree Estate residents, Roland and Sue Hassall are still waiting for improvement work to take to place to a ramp at the site of the local Tesco Extra store on the Mansfield estate.
Oak Tree Estate residents, Roland and Sue Hassall are still waiting for improvement work to take to place to a ramp at the site of the local Tesco Extra store on the Mansfield estate.

FOLK living by Mansfield’s Oak Tree Lane Tesco are calling for bosses to revamp a sloping footpath to make it more suitable for wheelchair users.

Roland Hassall, who is chairman of Oak Tree Lane Neighbourhood Management Team, says he and other residents have been pleading with Tesco chiefs to alter a steep footpath which leads from Sawley Drive to the right hand side of the store.

The path was heightened by around 10 to 12 foot when the Tesco Extra replaced the old Tesco store in 2006 with the increased gradient making it hard for wheelchair users and mums with pushchairs and prams.

“We have been asking for Tesco to change the footpath for years but we have just drawn a blank with them, we get absolutely nowhere,” said Roland, who lost his leg in an accident at home five years ago.

“The old path was all right because it was much less steep but when I spoke to Tesco they just told me to use the road way which is the long way round - it makes me really angry because it is killing me to get there.”

Roland and his wife Sue were in a serious car crash in January and the incident left Sue with walking difficulties.

“I can’t walk down there without holding the rail, you could break a bone,” she said.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We take safety at our stores extremely seriously and will review the safety of the slope over the coming weeks.”