A disabled pensioner has criticised the city council and claimed it seemed to dismiss a “potentially fatal” accident he had in a Dundee park.
Peter Anderson, 60, tripped over a tree root protruding above ground level in Claypotts Park while walking his dogs, badly hurting his legs, hips and arms.
He also almost hit his head on a nearby metal pole, which he said could have been “potentially fatal”.
More than a week after the accident he is still suffering from a sore arm and finds it difficult to move.
Mr Anderson warned the council about the hazard, but said he was shocked when told that the only action it would take was laying down some “chippy dust”.
He then contacted Ferry councillor Craig Duncan, who made inquiries and has now been “promised” by the local authority’s environmental department that it will bring the ground level up so the root is no longer a risk.
Mr Anderson said: “I’m a bit annoyed I had to go to the level I did to get something done given the seriousness of the situation.
“They should have been offering to do something more concrete straight away. I was close to a metal pole which could have done a lot of damage if I hit it. It was potentially fatal.
“At the end of the day, the cost to do something is worth it if it saves somebody’s life.”
Mr Anderson has been medically retired since 2005 due to problems with his brain after a haemorrhage in his youth. This has given him trouble with his vision.
He admits this may have contributed to the fall, but said the local authority has a “duty of care” to make council property safe for disabled people as well.
A Dundee City Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this incident and have taken remedial action.
“We would advise users of our parks to take particular care, especially during the autumn when hazards may be obscured.”