Campaign to keep golf club shortcut in Norwich school run continues

Parents and children who use Eaton Golf Club to access local schools have been told they must stop using the gate at the back of CNS school.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Parents and children who use Eaton Golf Club to access local schools have been told they must stop using the gate at the back of CNS school. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Emma Knights
emma.knights@archant.co.uk
Thursday, February 13, 2014
9:47 AM

Parents have pledged to keep up the pressure over a controversial move which could see a route their children use to get to school sealed off.

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Children and parents walking to Eaton Primary School and City of Norwich School cut through Eaton Golf Club car park, off Sunningdale, with the club’s permission. But the golf club has decided to lock the access gate permanently from February 24 because it is thought the current route poses a danger to children due to an increase in traffic to the club and the number of children cutting through the car park. Eaton Golf Club has said its preferred way forward would be a land swap deal with City of Norwich School which could pave the way for a dedicated pedestrian route being created.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the council had been looking at the option of creating a special pedestrian route through the golf club and also providing improvements to the alternative Branksome Road route.

He added: “We can confirm that a meeting is taking place between City of Norwich School and Norfolk County Council on Friday. “The details of this are private at this stage but we are keen to work together to find a solution to this problem that is satisfactory to all parties.”

Meanwhile parents in the Save Our School Run campaign group are urging the different parties to reach an agreement that keeps the access through the golf club open, because they say the alternative route is longer and would mean the children would have to walk alongside busy roads including the A11.

Sarah Pearson, from Save Our School Run, said: “We urge the council and the golf club to work together to come to an agreement to keep the gate open. We want a safe route to school for our children and we will continue to campaign.”

She said they were looking at the possibilities of fundraising and also setting up a walking bus.

Eaton Golf Club manager Peter Johns said: “The primary issue with all of this is the safety of pedestrians and children, and the current mixture of traffic and children is unacceptable.”

He said the golf club’s preferred way forward was either a 200sqm like-for-like land swap with City of Norwich School, or the school providing the club with a bigger piece of land in return for pupils being able to use the club’s facilities created on the land and the possibility of pupils being given golf training.

24 comments

  • Why not just become members of the golf club? Other people have to if they want access to the facilities.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • They also have a picture on their facebook page of a very old tree on Branksome Road they are upset about because they cant get a double buggy through without walking on the (always quiet) road. It would be INCREDIBLY sad if this tree came down just for that one entitled person to push their oversized buggy down. The road is a dead end residential street and poses no threat from motorists.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • The council, and the community as a whole has offered to fundraise as stated in the article!

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    Sarah Pearson

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Its up to the Golf Course, I am sure members do not want people walking over a Golf Course, what would parents say if they were hit by a golf ball,

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I'm not sure which is most breath-taking, Moosey: your ignorance about the issues you are commenting on (of the area in question, the Highway Code, the views of the concerned Eaton residents), or the huge chip on your shoulder towards the rest of the population ("toffs" who play golf, "entitled" parents, cyclists who use legitimate cycle paths, children who aren't travelling by car....). I've never commented on an article in the paper before, and never will again. I don't derive the same amount of pleasure from it that you appear to. Hope you're having a great day.

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    MoE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • That said the Save Our School Run campaign seems to be hysterical despite it's good intentions, and they keep lying about kids walking along the A11 when what they actually mean is 15 meters of Newmarket Road where the actual road is separated from the pavement by a wide grass verge with trees on it! You don't run a successful campaign by distorting the truth...

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • OMG how difficult do we have to make things for ourselves. Just make a clearly defined route through by putting up some railings to stop kids coming into contact with cars and thus create a safe pathway. If it routes the kids an extra 150yds round the car park, its better than the alternative. Sheeesh

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I think you've just proved the parents' point there, Moosey! They don't want their children to be "mown down" by cyclists, either. Although, I must say that the cyclists that use that stretch are very considerate, and do generally slow down for pedestrians. I do wonder, though, how you expect cyclists that are travelling away from the city to use the "proper cycle path on the road". They'd find it pretty hair-raising, as they'd be travelling head-long towards the buses and taxis, that share the lane with them (but in the opposite direction of travel).

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    MoE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Branksome Road is a renowned rat run for commuters trying to cut through to Ipswich Road. With many young children forced to use it, this could be incredibly dangerous. The very old tree should not be removed, I think it just demonstrates the inpracticality of the alternative route which will add almost a mile to the school run. The 15 metres on the A11 is not protected by a grass verge, it's a regular sized pavement, which is also a cycle path! I don't think wanting to keep your children safe from unnecessary dangerous situations means being hysterical. I think you would feel the same if it was your children being put in harm's way over a row over land and access!!

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    Sticky49

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Yes and who pay for removal of shed and other work

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • coming the other way they should be on the road, really as per the highway code. I too have never had a problem with adult cyclists on this stretch of road. I have almost been mowed down by kids nearer the old hospital though, probably by parents who tell their kids not to use the cycle path

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    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We aren't trying to access facilities just walk through a car park. We can pay 16 pounds a year to park there and then it becomes miraculously safe for the kids in the car park. Money talks.

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    alicebrewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Er Derek, we dont walk over the golf course, we walk through a small section of the carpark, no flying golf balls to worry about...I suspect if there were the golfers wouldnt want to park their cars there! And yes a simple footpath would solve the problem, the route wouldnt have to be any longer, there is space at the edge of the carpark for a path with the removal of some shrubs and moving of a shed.

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    Sarah Pearson

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • OMG how difficult do we have to make things for ourselves. Just make a clearly defined route through by putting up some railings to stop kids coming into contact with cars and thus create a safe pathway. If it routes the kids an extra 150yds round the car park, its better than the alternative. Sheeesh

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I think you've just proved the parents' point there, Moosey! They don't want their children to be "mown down" by cyclists, either. Although, I must say that the cyclists that use that stretch are very considerate, and do generally slow down for pedestrians. I do wonder, though, how you expect cyclists that are travelling away from the city to use the "proper cycle path on the road". They'd find it pretty hair-raising, as they'd be travelling head-long towards the buses and taxis, that share the lane with them (but in the opposite direction of travel).

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    MoE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • It's the golf clubs land so they can do what they like with it, a nice gesture from years ago has been taken for granted. Live in the city, deal with the city.

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    Skoalbandit

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • One thing nobody seems to be mentioning is that the longer route will undoubtedly put some people off walking, therefore leading to more vehicle traffic around both schools and the general area. Surely it's good for everyone if there are more pedestrians and fewer cars, and kids (and parents!) do more exercise?

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    littlesharpie

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Sticky49, go check again. The pavement between Sunningdale and Branksome Road DOES have a grass verge between pavement and road, and 2 trees towards the Bransome Road end. It is NOT a cycle path, the cycle path is shared with the bus lane on the opposite side of the road.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Oh it's Moosey again, what a surprise. Spouting more nonsense... Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Hysterical? Yes, we do have a good laugh at you. I've made a tidy sum betting yours would be the first comment tonight. Thanks for that!

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    alicebrewer

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • NO it doesn't have a wide grass verge and it IS a cycle path because I use to cycle into work along it so I didn't get squashed by a double decker. There are cycle path signs up.

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    Sticky49

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • And yes littlesharpie, it will mean more parents drive. Parking on sunningdale, greenways and the streets off them is already a nightmare, it will only get worse, something local residents won't be happy about!

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    Sarah Pearson

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Sounds grossly unfair to me, why should the golf club get more land in return? The route has been in use for over 30 years. Stupid toff's.

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Moosey - Your comments are confused and inaccurate. All that the parents want is a safe and direct walk to school, without the need for a long diversion alongside busy roads. Perhaps there should be a little more care shown by drivers visiting the Golf Club.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Mooseyt the a11newmarket road bit IS a cycle path. Yes there is a cycle path on the other side of the road but the footpath on Newmarket road is also a dual cyclepath as the signage clearly shows. See the picture on the fb pager. And no we dont want the tree cut down but parents will have to walk as long the road. And at school run time it is t quiet, its used as a rat run,off eaton road, down waverly road and up branksome road to avoid the lights on Newmarket road. I walk and cyce it regularly and its busy amd not as safe as the alternate route. It also means many children will have a two mile+walk to school. Too far for a 3yr old and 5yr old, especially when many families do it three times a day as they have toddlers at preschool. 50min walk one way, means four hours of walking a day with a preschool child.

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    Sarah Pearson

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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