Tory MSP Graham Simpson is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to improve its pavements in East Kilbride to help disabled and blind people get around.

He spoke after meeting disabled resident David Noble who complained about the difficulties of getting around Calderwood on his mobility scooter.

They toured the area and saw the obstacles those with impairments face.

David said: “During the pandemic to get out for fresh air as I am disabled, I have had to use my motability scooter around the Calderwood area.

“I normally head up Morrishall road, starting at Gibbon Crescent and my first obstacle is the pothole crossing it.

“Then the lowered kerbstone is so steep my scooter bottoms out.

“The pavement from there has no top surface and the journey can be very bumpy.

David Noble said the walkways are not suitable or safe for the disabled

“Next is Tannahill Drive which again has poor lowered kerbstones.

“I use the house driveways, then go back on to a pot holed pavement most of the way till I get to opposite Glen Esk.

“The new park in Glen Esk is heaven compared with the first leg of the journey.

“But at the exit there is no dropped kerbstone meaning I am on paving slabs which have gaps between them that, if I don’t watch, my wheels can go onto.”

And David went on to say that other obstacles he faces are uneven paving stones and a manhole covers sticking up

He added: “I have reported it to the council but generally get told they have no resources.”

Mr Simpson said: “I went out with David on his usual route along and around Morrishall Road and the state of pavements is simply shocking.

“There are potholes, uneven manholes, pavement flooding and the lack of safe dropped kerbs, all of which makes David have to take detours and sometimes go on the road.

“Pavements throughout the town are in a sorry state and have been for years. It makes it a nightmare for the disabled, blind people and the elderly.

“I realise it is a massive job to fix but we have to make a start. “

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Mr Simpson added: “At a time when we are trying to encourage people to get out and about, we need to make it safe for them.

“David was telling me that he has fallen off his scooter in the past and he won’t be alone in that.”

Head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay, said the council recognised Mr Noble’s concerns and a roads inspector met with him to discuss before the initial coronavirus lockdown.

He added that work had been ordered to be carried out “very soon,” saying: “We will be contacting Mr Noble to update him.”