Village footpath a ‘risk to children’

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 June 2014

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COMPLAINTS about a ‘dangerously narrow’ footpath putting ‘children at risk’ were made at 
Winscombe Parish Council meeting on Monday night.

Councillor Steve Bridges said he has complained to North Somerset Council about the issue on numerous occasions.

He believes the current state of the pathway that runs alongside the A38, from the traffic lights in the centre of Winscombe down past Sidcot School in Oakridge Lane, simply ‘isn’t good enough’.

Cllr Bridges, who is disabled, said the verge has encroached on the footpath making it increasingly narrow and added: “If I were to hit one rough bit on my buggy I would end up falling into the road.”

Council chairman Mike Williamson said that the pathway could also be a danger to children.

He said: “Lots of Sidcot School children use that footpath to come into the village. We could be putting children at risk if the path is getting that narrow.”

Ward councillor Ann Harley took note of the issue and said it would be looked into.

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