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Kentville woman lobbying town to repair sidewalk

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By Jennifer Vardy Little

Kings County Advertiser

jlittle@kingscountynews.ca

 

A Kentville woman who uses a walker to get around says the town needs to repair sidewalks near Woodward Road and Cornwallis Street after she took a tumble recently.

Mary Blenkhorn is awaiting a hip replacement and her doctor told her to use a walker so she wouldn’t fall and further injure herself. But on Nov. 28, she did a belly-flop onto the sidewalk.

“There’s this huge rut in the sidewalk on Woodworth Avenue,” she said. “My front wheel got into it and I fell flat on my face.”

That’s not the only place that’s a problem for people with mobility issues, she said. The sidewalk in front of the senior’s apartment building she lives in on Cornwallis Street is “so narrow and tips on each side” that she has to walk in the dirt.

“It’s not safe for seniors to walk,” she said.

It’s a route she takes often this time of year while she volunteers at a Salvation Army Kettle at the Foodland.

Blenkhorn was only bruised and sore from her fall, luckily, and people who were driving by spotted her and pulled over to help her up.

“I didn’t know what hurt the worse, my head or my back,” she said. “Thank goodness people spotted me and came running. I didn’t know how I was going to get up.”

But she says the town needs to do something about the problem before another person takes a spill.

Fred Whynot, Kentville’s director of engineering and public works, says he’s spoken with Blenkhorn about the incident and wishes her a speedy recovery. He also intends to look into the issue.

“We’ll definitely be up there to look…and if there’s any patching that can be done, we’ll certainly do it,” Whynot said.

A few years ago, the sidewalks near the Foodland were replaced. Whynot says the sidewalks along Woodworth Avenue are on the department’s wish list for replacement.

“We have a number of sidewalks on the list for capital projects each year and that’s definitely one of the areas,” he said. 

Organizations: Foodland, Salvation Army Kettle

Geographic location: Kentville, Cornwallis Street, Woodworth Avenue

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