Call for action on damaged footpath

Lesley Rayne of Pegswood who is complaining about car transporters damaging the pavement outside Cookswell Citroen Garage at Pegswood.'REF 1710131233
Lesley Rayne of Pegswood who is complaining about car transporters damaging the pavement outside Cookswell Citroen Garage at Pegswood.'REF 1710131233

CONCERNS have been raised about a ‘dangerous’ pavement used by a number of residents in a Northumberland village.

The footpath in question is outside the Cookswell Garage (Citroen) in Pegswood and a parent has claimed that the majority of damage has been caused by a transporter parking on it when it delivers cars to the business.

The garage says it has asked the drivers of this vehicle not to park on the path, but Lesley Rayne – who has two children that attend Pegswood First School – believes it can do more.

She said: “The concrete has crumbled and lying hardcore and debris on the pavement is a safety issue for pedestrians, particularly elderly people who live nearby and for children who perhaps don’t take as much care as they should as to what is underfoot.

“On several occasions, I have had no choice but to cross the road as I’m unable to get past the transporter. I’m unable to see on-coming traffic and I’m crossing the road in an unsafe way, which is a danger to my two young children.

“I’ve been told the county council is looking to repair the path, but if the transporter keeps parking on it, it will soon be damaged again. Although it’s not ideal, the garage should insist the vehicle parks on the road – people in cars wouldn’t be at risk safety wise, just delayed a little.”

Another resident has raised the issue with garage co-owner Julie Stephenson, who is also a Pegswood parish councillor. She said that the transporter goes there once every 10 days on average, although September is a busy time for the business so it is likely to have come more often during that month.

She added: “We’ve told the drivers not to park on the pavement, but there’s only so much we can do because we don’t employ them.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the defects on the footpath and work will be programmed to start in December 2013, weather permitting.

“With regard to cars parking on pavements, where there is a restriction in place, i.e. single or double yellow lines, then a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued by a civil enforcement officer.

“If, however, there is no restriction in place, this is classed as an obstruction and only the police have the powers to take enforcement action.”