Living Streets is calling on councils to remember pavement potholes when repairing roads to enable the most vulnerable to feel happier and safer using their streets.

It comes after the Department for Transport today (15 February 2021) announced £500 million to local authorities in England for highways maintenance.

Pavement pothole

Living Streets’ research shows that nearly one in three (31%) over 65s are prevented from walking on their local streets because of cracked pavements, equating to over 3.5million people. Nearly two thirds of over 65s (60%) are worried about poor pavements and half of older adults (48%) would walk more if pavements were well maintained.

Living Streets wants local authorities to tackle pavement potholes by using funding to improve pavements, not just carriageways. 

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:

“Being able to simply enjoy a walk down your own street is currently off limits to millions of older people because local pavements are simply not up to the job.

“Investing in well-maintained and clutter free pavements would help everyone walk more – tackling inactivity, air pollution and isolation.  That’s why we are calling for local authorities not to forget pavement potholes and to use a fair share of the funding for pavements.”

Living Streets is urging candidates in May’s local, regional and national elections to put walking first. In A Manifesto for Walking’, Living Streets calls on candidates to pledge to make walking easier and cut pavement clutter.

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