Fears for bin collections and future of footpath

PUBLISHED: 11:45 18 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 18 October 2014

Station Road in Drayton. Photo: Bill Smith

Station Road in Drayton. Photo: Bill Smith

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Homeowners in Drayton are urging their local council to help fund the upkeep of a private road following concerns over bin collections and fears a popular footpath would be diverted.

A brief history of Marriott’s Way

• Marriott’s Way follows the track bed of two disused railway lines: The Great Eastern from Aylsham to Themelthorpe and the Midland and Great Northern from Themelthorpe to Norwich.

• The lines were joined together in 1960 by a piece of track called the Themelthorpe Curve.

• In 1882 the final section of the railway opened to Norwich City Station.

• By the 1950s and 60s, many branch lines were closed.

• In 1960 the only traffic left was diesel engines pulling concrete from Lenwade.

• In 1982 the last train left Lenwade and the lines were closed.

• Marriott’s Way is named after William Marriott, who was chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway for 41 years.

Residents of Station Road were told by Broadland District Council that, due to the condition of the road, its contractor might not be able to continue bin collections.

However this issue has now been resolved but there are still concerns that the popular footpath, Marriott’s Way, will be diverted from Station Road, to run along Taverham Road, Fakenham Road and Costessey Lane.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The council do not want to fund the upkeep of Station Road, even though Marriott’s Way was diverted down Station Road by the council 12 years ago. This is a longer diversion for members of the public.

“All we want is the council to help fund some of the upkeep of the road.”

A spokesman for Broadland District Council said they had been in contact with residents regarding their waste collections after it came to light that the contractor, Veolia, was having difficulty gaining safe access for their refuse vehicles.

He added: “We have at no point proposed that bin collections will stop for residents.”

Those affected have been contacted by the council and offered solutions.

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