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More damage to Shipdham’s historic wall

06:00 29 January 2014

Paul Chubbock with the damaged wall at All Saints Church in Shipdham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Paul Chubbock with the damaged wall at All Saints Church in Shipdham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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An historic wall on a major road which links two mid Norfolk market towns has been damaged yet again.

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Shipdham Parish Council spent some £120,000 on repairing the listed flint and brick wall which is opposite the churchyard about five or six years ago - but the 8ft to 10ft edifice, which sits close to two tight 90-degree bends, continues to fall victim to passing vehicles.

The wall is on the A1075, between Watton and Dereham, which would make it difficult to ban lorries passing through that stretch of road; and although ideas for traffic lights to make that section one-way have been mooted, they have been ruled out on the grounds that they would cause more problems than solutions.

The latest damage to the wall is thought to have happened on January 8 and, with blue and white paint remnants left on the surface, the culprit is thought to be a Tesco lorry.

Parish councillors have approached the supermarket giant and Tesco officials said they are looking into the matter.

Paul Chubbock, chairman of Shipdham parish council, said: “It’s been hit a number of times over the years and it’s been damaged several times. Lorries have overturned into it, cars have crashed into it - lots of things have happened to it. Thankfully, none of the nearby properties were affected this time.”

The wall itself is owned by the church but due to a law written hundreds of years ago, the parish is responsible for its maintenance which means the parish council has to pay for it to be repaired. It is insured and is likely to cost between £2,000 and £3,000 to fix.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We take road safety extremely seriously and invest in driver training to continually ensure that all of our vehicles are driven safely. We will be fully investigating this incident.”

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