Casualty of icy pathway

Walter Jackson, Dean Road, Penicuik, who broke his leg on the ice pavement on Christmas Eve.
Walter Jackson, Dean Road, Penicuik, who broke his leg on the ice pavement on Christmas Eve.

A Penicuik pensioner spent four hours in accident and emergency on Christmas morning after breaking his ankle on an untreated pavement.

Now resting up at his Dean Road home, Walter Jackson (70) won’t have the plaster cast removed from his left leg until the beginning of February.

He said he “didn’t think much” of Midlothian Council’s gritting programme.

“I am planning to write to the council and tell them what I think of them and their route clearing operation.”

Midlothian Council said: “Before Christmas, temperatures fell to as low as -10C. Salt becomes less effective in those conditions and pathways can remain difficult to navigate.”

The council has more than 800 miles of roads and pavements to treat across the county.

Full story in this week’s Advertiser (January 13).