a slip on an untreated pavement in Dalkeith town centre has left a Mayfield taxi driver with a broken elbow and out of action during his busiest time of the year.
Matthew Ronaldson (39) was among those complaining on the Advertiser’s Facebook page about the state of the county’s pavements in recent icy weather.
He slipped at the West Wynd Car Park end of Wilson Close and aggravated an old arm injury, while collecting his eight-year-old daughter from Girls’ Brigade in the nearby Baptist Church Hall.
Mr Ronaldson told the Advertiser: “Party season is coming, the need for taxis and private hire transportation is at a premium, a self employed driver who can’t drive will lose out.
“With four children and no income, Christmas is a time of year when elves and the like do magical things to help Santa, what will be will be.”
Matthew, who is also a DJ on Black Diamond FM, was speaking after being kept in hospital overnight following an operation on his broken elbow.
He said: “The operation lasted an hour and left me in agony, and with an unexpected overnight stay in hospital.
“It’s too early to say how long I will need physiotherapy for really, but a previous nerve injury to the same arm resulted in two years worth of physio.
“The broken bone and subsequent operation has flared up the nerve problems.
“However, I’m just glad it wasn’t my daughter that slipped.”
Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member with responsibility for roads, said the council was relying on residents to help keep the pavements outside their homes clear of snow and ice.
He said: “Our teams are out, round the clock when necessary, to make sure our priority roads are gritted during this freezing spell.
“However, we can’t stress enough that what we identify as priority roads and footpaths are those, for example, to hospitals, care homes and main bus routes.
“We only clear residential streets when priority routes and other connecting roads and paths – among other routes – are free of snow and ice.
“It needs to be a team effort between ourselves and residents.
“Most local people we can’t commend highly enough for their efforts during previous winters, whether that’s keeping their pavement clear or checking on a neighbour.
“We’re relying on them again this year – remember the grit bins are on residential streets for exactly that purpose.”