CALLS have been made for better repairs at a Johnstone car park where a pensioner suffered serious injuries in a fall.

Geraldine McNealey, 73, was left with a broken wrist and black eye, as well as facial cuts and bruises, after tripping over an edging stone sticking out of the ground at Paton’s Mill retail park in August.

She later contacted 4th Property Services, which manages the car park on behalf of its owners and local retailers, about conducting repairs to prevent future accidents.

However, after further inspection of the work completed at the car park, Geraldine believes the site remains a danger to older people who use the local shops.

She told The Gazette: “The company repaired the edging stone which caused me to fall but only used a tiny bit of mortar, which then fell out and crumpled.

“I’ve taken pictures of other areas of the car park that need repaired and a couple of them are in the disabled bay.

“I would hate this to happen to anyone else, especially a disabled person, because it really took the stuffing out of me and I wasn’t able to drive for seven weeks.

“It’s a health and safety issue and this company is not doing what they’re meant to be doing.”

Councillor Derek Bibby, who represents Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch, said he is “extremely concerned” about the risk of injury to older people who use the car park.

He added: “Developers of sites such as Paton’s Mill need to recognise that they have an ongoing duty of care to the public and to ensure an appropriate state of repair for the areas they own and for which they are responsible.

“The lack of action some four months on, and the failure to reply to my raising these concerns, is indicative that, in this case, 4th Properties are failing to discharge those responsibilities.

“I call upon them to take the necessary action to avoid further injury.”

A spokesperson for 4th Properties Services said repairs at the car park are ongoing.

“We have an active management plan in place and further repairs at the site have been identified,” added the spokesperson.

“There are granular materials that get washed out when there is heavy rain and they are in the process of being replaced again.

“The site is inspected weekly and we are doing everything that is required for the owners and the retailers.”