Fears of a fatality if road leading to Bradwell school is not maintained

The issues faced on church walk, overgrown trees, cars parked and cones. Picture: Phillip Gricks

The issues faced on church walk, overgrown trees, cars parked and cones. Picture: Phillip Gricks - Credit: Phillip Gricks

A worried resident has spoken of his fears there could be a tragic road accident outside a school unless leaves are cleared up.

The stretch of road is private so no one cuts back the trees. Picture: Phillip Gricks

The stretch of road is private so no one cuts back the trees. Picture: Phillip Gricks - Credit: Phillip Gricks

Phillip Gricks, who lives in Church Walk, Bradwell, says a stretch of the private road near the entrance to Woodlands Primary School is causing chaos for residents and road users.

He claims there has been a marked reduction in the width of the road due to a build up leaf mulch, which he believes is a health and safety problem.

Mr Gricks fears authorities will not take notice of the road until there's a fatality or serious injury.

He added: 'Over the past 13 years I have taken it upon myself to clean the area opposite the school gates together with trimming the hedge adjacent to the church.


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'I gather there is some problem with the ownership of part of the road which includes the school entrance and exit and that the council does not agree to maintain this area.'

The highways department at Norfolk County Council maintains the pavement in Church Walk but not the road itself.

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Borough and county councillor Andy Grant said he had never come across a situation where the council does not maintain the road in front of a school.

He said had asked for the county council to adopt Church Walk up to the turning circle in front of the school.

However, this request was refused as there is no reason to adopt the road and to bring the road up to highways standard it would cost £20,000.

As a private road, yellow lines cannot be painted or legally enforced and the trees cannot be cut back.

Mr Gricks added: 'It seems incredulous to me that a school with around over young children has an entrance on a road which is not maintained. 'I have seen some near misses outside the school and the reduction in the width of the road is only making matters worse. Parents who drive up Church Walk to drop off their children at school have to do a three point turn to exit the road.

'This is the only school I know of that does not have any safety zig-zag lines outside or any other type of safety notices. There's also an absence of a speed limit outside the school.'

Local councillors and residents have decided to cut back the hedges before the children return to school next month.

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