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Pensioner's 46-year wait on council's footpath promise

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 11/05/2018 Reid Butler

A Melbourne pensioner says she fears she'll "drop dead" before she sees a footpath built out the front of her home, despite her local council promising it would be built way back in 1972. 

Rita Kenney, 89, from Frankston, says she finds the ground in her street "slippery and dangerous" and struggles to walk to the bus stop and post mail. 

"I would love to be able to walk on a footpath," she told A Current Affair.

 "I still do like to walk. I want to be able to charge up and really enjoy life to the full." 

The retiree originally asked Frankston Council to build the footpath along Overport Road in the 1970s because she was concerned about her young children using the dangerous track to get to school. 

To her surprise, the Council agreed to build the path, responding to her request in writing and promising it would be constructed within the financial year. 

"It was going to be wonderful," she says. 

But, it never happened, and Rita has been trying to get the council to honour its promise ever since. 

"It would have been a very cheap foot path (in the 1970s) compared to what it'll cost now," she says. 

Rita told ACA she's worried she'll slip and break her hip, because of the slopes. 

"I'm sure most people with common sense see the justice in having it done and also the fact that it will be that much safer for so many people and certainly convenient for older people," she said. 

Frankston Council says it recognises that "previous commitments had been made but not actioned" and has made a commitment to Rita that it will work with residents "with the aim of building the footpath in this financial year." 

However, due to a petition of some neighbours urging Council to reconsider building a path, the Mayor will consider the options and make a decision at a Council meeting in June. 

Rita says she intends to be front and centre at that meeting. 

"Just get it done, please," she says.


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