Disabled couple’s fears after Pott Row path extension U-turn

LtoR, Lynda Smith, Daphne Barlow and Dick Smith showing the overgrown (Trod path) which is further towards Pott Row Village ANL-160108-105230009
LtoR, Lynda Smith, Daphne Barlow and Dick Smith showing the overgrown (Trod path) which is further towards Pott Row Village ANL-160108-105230009
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A disabled couple have claimed their wellbeing has been put at risk after planned road safety measures in their village were scaled back.

County roads officials have confirmed that the work in Leziate Drove, Pott Row was reduced following objections from some residents.

Dick and Linda Smith unhappy at the loss of a TROD (form of road safety path measure) at Leziate Drove, Pott Row, they are pictured with the arrow marking where the new path was to be started, which is in front of Mr & Mrs Smith's property. ANL-160108-105103009

Dick and Linda Smith unhappy at the loss of a TROD (form of road safety path measure) at Leziate Drove, Pott Row, they are pictured with the arrow marking where the new path was to be started, which is in front of Mr & Mrs Smith's property. ANL-160108-105103009

But Dick and Lynda Smith, say an existing path is already badly overgrown and have called for a review, arguing that public safety should come first.

Mr Smith is partially sighted and Mrs Smith has mobility problems.

And he said: “This needs to be addressed, not only for us, but the others who regularly have to battle with trying to get to the village to access doctors, shops and buses.”

The issue relates to extend a form of footpath known as a trod on Leziate Drove into the main part of the village.

An agreement had been reached for Grimston parish council and Norfolk County Council to jointly fund an extension, which would have ended outside Mr and Mrs Smith’s home.

However, Mr Smith said he was informed by parish council officials last week that the work was being scaled down, after concerns were raised by residents.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said yesterday: “When all the residents were consulted, a number of objections were received to the proposed trod.

“In agreement with Grimston Parish Council, it was decided that the proposed trod would be reduced in length and that the remaining length of verge would be maintained by the adjacent residents, to ensure a path would be walkable and usable for the residents of Leziate Drove.”

However, Mr Smith said the existing path could barely be used now because it is overgrown and his wife had been injured when she tripped over vegetation on it last Wednesday.

He added; “It would appear that owners of property behind the verge have precedent over trying to make a safe passage for pedestrians to get to the village.”

Grimston parish council had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to press.