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Monday, March 4, 2013
Bollards that have blocked parking at a popular Dereham beauty spot following a dispute between two councils could come down by the middle of the month.
A town councillor last week accused Breckland Council of acting “like a bunch of storm troopers” after it prevented dog walkers, disabled people and young mothers who drive to Neatherd Moor parking in three areas.
The town council owns the open space, but, under regulations dating from 1910, Breckland is responsible for some management and maintenance.
The row flared up after residents who live on the Neatherd Moor track complained about the road’s deterioration, and the two councils sought separate legal advice about which was responsible.
Breckland said it had a duty to prevent encroachment on the moor, and erected the bollards on February 18, but a resolution is now in sight following a high-level meeting between the two sides.
The district council stuck to its position that it would not remove the posts, but the town council indicated it may decide at its March 12 meeting to take responsibility for maintaining the track.
Town clerk Tony Needham said it could then remove the bollards within days, as well as filling potholes in the road as a temporary solution.
He said the councils had agreed to work together to find a longer-term solution.
Breckland Council leader William Nunn said the two organisations had become entrenched in their positions, and added: “My regret is that the town council and my members never came together at the right level at the right time. The conversation was had this week was the right conversation to have, but at the wrong time.”
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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