A DISABLED Crewe woman says whole streets and roads have become virtual no-go areas for her because of extensive roadworks.
Vicky Perez, 28, of Ledbury Drive, Wistaston, suffers from muscular dystrophy and must use a wheelchair. She finds it impossible to cross roads where there are steep kerbs.
United Utilities is carrying out maintenance and repair work to water pipes around the Nantwich Road and Edleston Road areas. Pavements have been dug up and barriers erected.
Vicky said: 'It's very sad, the fact that they do these jobs but don't think them out first.
'I come round a corner and find I'm stuck, but I can't even cross the road because all the dropped kerbs are inaccessible.
'Last week, I had to shout for a man to come and help me down the kerb and across the road, but that meant halting all the traffic because he had to put planks down for me to get on to the road from the pavement.'
Vicky began to use a wheelchair six years ago as a result of muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disorder which wastes muscle tissue, and she also suffers from profound deafness and is partially sighted.
'It's dangerous and insensitive to wheelchair users like myself,' she said.
'But it's not just disabled people who are suffering. You could not get a double buggy through the gaps that have been left and mothers should not have to walk their prams in the road,' she said.
A spokesman for United Utilities, which is carrying out the work, said: 'We do not necessarily know there are people who use wheelchairs in the area.
'If someone has an issue and they tell us what is wrong we can come out and look at it.
'They are works which do initially cause problems, but we ask people to bear with us.'