A SKIPTON pensioner has had her fall fears quashed by Craven District Council fitting a handrail close to her home.

Audrey Crossley first asked for a rail to be fitted along a path off Roughaw Road three years ago when she was 80 years old.

And now, in time for her 83th birthday, a rail has been fitted - making life easier not just for her, but for the people who use the path to get to Middletown Recreation Ground.

Coun Robert Heseltine, who campaigned on her behalf, said he was pleased with the result.

“I would say, it's better late than never. The council has recognised that small issues that may seem of little or no significance, compared to grandiose new council offices or commercial shopping project, can have an immense effect on the quality of life of council tax payers.”