Highways Act 1980, Safety Provision, Section 66 (8): A highway authority or council shall pay compensation to any person who sustains damage by reason of the execution by them of works under subsection (2) or (3) above.
Planning guidance and codes of practice call for a minimum width of relatively level footway so wheel chair users can safely navigate the footway. Cheshire County Council have left no level footway forcing Wheel chair users into a choice between
- Use the adverse sloping footway and risk tipping over or sliding down the slope.
- use the road and risk being hit by a car.
- cross the road on the bend so they can continue their journey on a level footway.
This is a significant and totally unnecessary risk for Cheshire County Council to place on wheel chair users.
Ironically their plan shows a dropped kerb at both sides of the adverse slope. So they can't even be trusted to complete the works to their own plan.
Design Bulletin 32 also states that a minimum width of 900 mm should be carried through past drives etc. to allow wheelchairs / prams to pass and avoid the ramps to dropped kerbs;