Ex-parish councillor lies in pothole to highlight poor road conditions

Herbie Burton has spent two years attempting to get someone to fix an unadopted road leading to the

Herbie Burton has spent two years attempting to get someone to fix an unadopted road leading to the village doctor’s surgery. Photo: Jane Wisbey - Credit: Archant

An 83-year-old former parish councillor has gone to extreme lengths to highlight how bad the potholes are on a road in Lenwade.

Jane Wisbey says there has been numerous complaints about the unadopted road which leads to the medi

Jane Wisbey says there has been numerous complaints about the unadopted road which leads to the medical practice off The Street. Photo: Jane Wisbey - Credit: Archant

Herbie Burton has spent two years attempting to get someone to fix an unadopted road leading to the village doctor's surgery.

He says the route, located off The Street, is littered with potholes and has prompted numerous complaints from elderly residents.

But despite it being used by the medical practice and a primary school, no one has taken responsibility for its maintenance.

Mr Burton said:'I've been trying to get these potholes fixed for two years, and if I have to lay on the ground to get the job done, I will.

Herbie Burton has spent two years attempting to get someone to fix an unadopted road leading to the

Herbie Burton has spent two years attempting to get someone to fix an unadopted road leading to the village doctor’s surgery. Photo: Jane Wisbey - Credit: Archant


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'There are a lot of elderly people who use the surgery and they are concerned about falling over.

'They have to be so careful walking down here.'

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Mr Burton said he lay in the pothole to show its size and bring some attention to the issue.

Great Witchingham and Lenwade Parish Council chairperson Jane Wisbey said there had been multiple complaints from people in the village about the road.

She said the surgery used to maintain the route, but that stopped around two years ago.

'Several residents and councillors have been in touch with the school and surgery asking if they can please resolve this issue,' she said.

'We were told it is 'in hand', but yet here we are five months later.

'A lot [of people] are scared to drive down there because they think they are going to damage their car.'

A spokesman for Lenwade surgery said it has asked local councils to investigate the issue for those who live on or use the lane.

The spokesman said the road had no known owner, adding it is used by patients, as well as visitors to the school and nearby fishing lake.

A spokesman for Great Witchingham Church of England Primary Academy said the school and surgery had been 'actively' involved in trying to improve the road's condition.

The spokesman said: 'The welfare and safety of all pupils and members of the community is taken very seriously.

'Discussions are continuing given there are some changes ongoing to the existing parking arrangements at the surgery.'

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