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‘Lack of footpath is an accident waiting to happen’, says councillor

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

02/05/14 Unsafe grass verge near the adventure farm Dangerous road for pedestrians - no pavement or verge near National Forest Adventure Farm....Ted Bell..

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CONCERNS have been raised regarding the lack of pavement close to a popular East Staffordshire attraction.

Ted Bell, who sits on Branston Parish Council, says that the ‘path’ on a grass verge in Postern Road is not adequate enough to be used by those visiting the nearby Adventure Farm. He says that it is only a matter of time before an accident happens due to people having to walk on the road itself. He is calling for the relevant bodies to either put a proper path in place or for tighter measures that would help to uphold the current speed limit of 30 miles per hour.

The pavement stops after the last house before the entrance to the Adventure Farm. Walkers must then use a grass verge instead, which Mr Bell says is a problem for families with wheelchairs or pushchairs. There is also no path on the right-hand side of the road.

Mr Bell told the Mail: “The path isn’t safe to walk on. You definitely can’t take a wheelchair or pushchair on it because it’s just a grassy verge.

“When you go around the corner it’s only about a yard wide. It’s particularly concerning as a lot of people visiting the Adventure Farm have young children, and they have to walk both on the verge and also on the road. Although it’s a 30 miles per hour speed limit, it is often ignored and people come tearing down. I’ve been on the verge myself and had to jump back towards the hedge when cars have come down.”

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport Simon Tagg said: “Safety of pedestrians and road users is an absolute priority to us. Our neighbourhood highway team will be tidying verges and overgrowth in this area over the next couple of weeks.

“We have also been carrying out speed counts on Postern Road and have arranged for a visit of our mobile speed indication device.”

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