'No-go' area for prams and pushchairs

PUBLISHED: 07:19 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:15 24 May 2010

WORRIED parents say children's safety is being put at risk because the street where they live has no pavement. Soner Djemal, of Walkers Drive, Weston, says mums and dads are being forced to walk in the road with their babies and toddlers to get to their h

WORRIED parents say children's safety is being put at risk because the street where they live has no pavement.Soner Djemal, of Walkers Drive, Weston, says mums and dads are being forced to walk in the road with their babies and toddlers to get to their homes. The problem, said the father-of-one, is the road in Weston Village was built with grass strips instead of pavements to allow utility companies to get easy access to pipes.The verges are sodden for much of the year making it impossible for parents to wheel prams and pushchairs anywhere but in the road.The telecommunications engineer said it is only a matter of time before someone is injured in an accident.He has launched a petition to persuade the council to fit paving slabs into the residential street and dozens of concerned householders have signed.He said: "I have a 14-month-old daughter and to walk in the middle of the road with her in a pushchair is unacceptable."Although this is a no through road, cars do pass up and down regularly as do some large delivery vehicles. "This is an accident waiting to happen and I do not want it to be my child or anybody else's who suffers."North Somerset councillor Richard Tucker is backing the residents and presented the petition with about 40 signatures to the full council at its meeting on Tuesday.He said: "The residents have got a strong case. The rest of the estate has got hard standing pavements but for some reason this was left with a grass verge which gets churned up when it rains."But not all residents are in favour of ditching the turfed verges. Both Peter Warren and Jeff Parslow, of Walkers Drive, said the grass strips should stay as residents knew they were there when they bought their properties.

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