Man hospitalised after fall on ice-like pavement

Scott Kay and neighbour Gillian Sinclair have both fallen and injured themselves on the pavement. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Scott Kay and neighbour Gillian Sinclair have both fallen and injured themselves on the pavement. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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NEIGHBOURS have told how “ice rink” paving slabs in a Niddrie estate are causing residents to tumble every time it rains.

The pathways outside newly-built flats in Moffat Way become so treacherous when wet that one resident took a spill and ended up in hospital for two weeks.

Just days earlier, another neighbour told how she slipped on the surface and cracked her head of the pavement.

Owner PARC Craigmillar said the street materials “fully comply with council standards” but residents remain unconvinced branding the conditions “ridiculous”.

Scott Kay, 25, suffered a slipped disc in his back after falling on the stretch earlier this month. “I’m in a lot of pain and on the strongest painkillers you can get,” he said.

“Because of this fall I’m now having to have an operation.”

Mr Kay said he had fallen several times but nothing had been done. “It’s always slippery when it’s raining – it’s ridiculous,” he said. “No-one’s taking ownership of that area.

“One of my neighbours fell the other week and smacked her head in the slabs and hurt herself. She called up to report this but no-one was interested in what she had to say.”

The Lloyds Bank employee, who has had to take time off work, said when he rang PARC Craigmillar to complain they “laughed over the phone”.

“The service is disgusting and apalling,” he said.

“I was upset because I’m close to losing my job and it feels like nobody is taking charge of it.”

“There’s also lots of risks to the surgery and one of the risks is that I might not be able to walk again.”

Due to his injury Mr Kay has been forced to move in with his mother, Jackie Thomson, and is now threatening to take legal action against the pavement owners.

“She’s had to come and do everything for me,” he said.

“I cannot even get into the shower by myself which at 25 is embarrasing.”

Director of PARC Craigmillar, Eric Adair, said the firm was “sorry” that Mr Kay was “still suffering” but they were only told of the accident five days later.

He said: “It’s our mistake that we have not been back in touch with him before now.

“But we have now contacted Mr Kay and asked him to provide us with information about this incident. Once we have that I will be able to respond.”

katie.richardson@edinburghnews.com