Families taking children to school ‘forced to walk in road’ because of overgrown path

Overgrown vegetation on Trimley Road, Kirton, has been causing problems for walkers

Overgrown vegetation on Trimley Road, Kirton, has been causing problems for walkers - Credit: Archant

Kirton and Falkenham Parish Council complained via the council’s online reporting system at the end of July and then by phone.

Villagers were upset at having to walk in the road or face being attacked by nettles and brambles.

Derek Jacobs, parish council environment chairman, said: “We felt the path in Trimley Road was potentially dangerous, with people having to walk in the road, especially mums with pushchairs. We spent six weeks trying to get it done for when the children went back and even wrote to the chief executive.”

Area highways technician Peter Sparrow said some urgent cutting back had been done with further works planned later.

He said: Our initial response to this request was to undertake works to remove the worst of the vegetation to allow pedestrians to use the footway, we have then added this footway to our forward programme of works for a more thorough cutting back at a later date, this is to allow for more efficient use of our resources and budgets.

“We have undertaken some urgent cutting back and will undertake further works at a later date to clear for footway entirely. This is now with our Environmental Management team who will be assessing and arranging all such non-urgent works across Suffolk in the future.”

Writing to Mr Sparrow, Mr Jacobs said: “There is not enough room for parents and their children or even dog walkers to use the pavements safely.

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The worst areas along Trimley road are between Durilda Green and Back Road and Back Road towards Trimley school.

“If you think that the remedial work has been carried out, it is not been executed to a satisfactory level.”

Suffolk County Council has been encouraging people to report highways concerns through its online reporting tool but the service has been criticised on a number of occasions this summer.

A council spokesman said the path should be properly cut today.

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