Lillian’s left staggering for help

DESPERATE: Lilian Thompson.
DESPERATE: Lilian Thompson.

VIOLENTLY ill pensioner Lillian Thompson had to stagger to an ambulance on THREE emergency call-outs over Christmas, when the vehicle could not reach her Darfield home.

Distraught, bleeding from her nose and in pain, Mrs Thompson had to walk the length of her road after paramedics were unable to reach her home with a trolley stretcher, because of deep potholes and thick mud on Church View.

The series of incidents came just months after sick tot Charlotte Baker had to be carried to an ambulance more than once by her mother – who herself has trouble walking.

Locals say the state of the road, which was worsened by the June 2007 floods, is deteriorating fast.

Householders are pensioners, single parents and unemployed people who say they can’t afford to re-surface the unadopted road themselves.

After the 2007 floods they were told the Council would do the work within five years, but they have had no update and are begging for urgent remedial action.

Mrs Thomspon told the Times: “We are still waiting for help. It would be something if the road could be levelled temporarily with tarmac scrapings – at least ambulances could get up it and avoid causing further distress and possible harm to other people”.

Church View resident John Bannister said the need to resurface the road was now “an emergency”.

He said: “There is potential for a tragedy here. A life may depend on speedy action”.

Darfield councillor Pauline Markham has said she will raise the issue with Barnsley Council leader Steve Houghton as a priority, and MP Michael Dugher has been contacted about the issue.