Dec 13 2012 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
Angry parents have blasted South Lanarkshire Council after a mum was injured when she fell on a treacherous icy path at a primary school.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital after slipping on thick ice at High Blantyre Primary last Thursday.
Before the woman’s fall, concerned parents had complained about the dangerous path and called on the council to take action to grit it before there was a serious accident.
But their pleas fell on deaf ears and the woman slipped on the footpath near the school gates.
Parents said that people had slipped on the ungritted footpath and one pupil suffered a bloodied lip after falling on the ice.
One parent contacted the council urging them to grit the path before the injured woman’s fall.
“It was like an ice rink,” she added. “It is plain common sense that the path should have been be gritted. I fell on the path myself.
“I contacted the council before the woman fell and they told me that they would deal with it.
“The council have a responsibility to keep our children safe when they attend school.
A council spokesman said: “The janitor had spread salt on the path last Wednesday but as the weather was so severe, the pavement had not thawed completely.
“Unfortunately, a parent slipped and fell on this section of the path and injured her shoulder. The care and welfare of pupils, parent and visitors to the school is of great importance to all school staff.”