I am writing in response to the article about the services which Surrey County Council is providing for the over-50s (June 18).

I live in a cul-de-sac and the pavements here are over 50 years old. They have been patched so many times that there is very little of the original pavements remaining.

They are full of holes and broken kerbs and they slope.

I have been trying to get Surrey County Council to renew these for the sake of the residents, most of whom are over 70. Four residents use wheelchairs and they and their carers have to use the road when they go out because it is impossible to push a wheelchair on our pavements.

One highway officer had the audacity to write to our MP and state that Smallmead ranked inusfficiently highly to allow works to be undertaken to replace the pavement.

My advice to anyone over 50 in Surrey is: Do not move to a cul-de-sac because you will not qualify for just treatment. All you do is pay your community charge and get nothing in return.

Residents here would just love to be able to go out walking safely without the need to provide the social activities they plan to improve our physical well being. Once you indentify needs according to your age Surrey County Council will soon find they have insufficient funds to help.

Nora McCarthy, Smallmead, Horley