Alstonville footpaths a slip risk?
ALSTONVILLE resident Jack Bracey has raised public safety concerns about new tiles in the town's main street.
Ballina Shire Council recently installed the tiles as part of the Alstonville Main St upgrade but Mr Bracey said people have been slipping on them.
"The problem is that just a little bit of water makes the tiles slippery," he said. "I've seen few people slip over and I've slipped over myself. I've had reports from a couple of the local cafes who've said they've seen elderly people slip over. I haven't seen anyone get injured, but all it would take is one slip and a hit to the back of your head."
The Blue Shop owner, Jason Grissell, agreed with Mr Bracey and said the tiles were dangerous.
"(The tiles) are just like grease. People are falling over all the time," he said.
"Young kids are shocking because they come down that hill and turn the corner and whatever they're on, skateboards or scooters, just comes right out from under them."
Savannah Coffee Lounge owner Linda Masters did not agree.
"I see the main street all day every day and I don't see any problems," she said.
Ms Masters said the posi- tive aspects of the upgrade outweighed the negative.
"In the '80s we were the tidy town winners in the state and then we got complacent. The upgrade has put a bit of community pride back into our town," she said.
Ballina Shire Council group manager civil services John Truman said the tiles were safe.
"The tiles have been selected to meet Australian stand- ards for slipperiness and have been treated. We would encourage people to take care when walking on the tiles in wet conditions."
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