WORK is finally under way to address a flood-prone footpath after years of complaints.
Residents in Morpeth’s Lancaster Park estate have long been concerned about the state of pavements, which quickly flood during periods of rain.
In winter they say the paths are even more treacherous as the water freezes and people have been known to slip and break bones.
A scheme was carried out to try to resolve the situation some years ago, but the problems persisted and in 2013 Morpeth Town Council made the issue a key priority in its Local Transport Plan submission to Northumberland County Council.
Work was completed in some areas last year to replace flags with a tar-like surface, raising the path level, but councillors said a full action plan for the whole estate was needed.
Now further work is under way on the central path, leading to Morpeth All Saints First School. It has been part funded by Morpeth North county councillor David Bawn from his small schemes’ allowance.
He said: “I am pleased that work has finally started on this stretch of path, which has been a menace to local residents for years. It is the main foot route through the estate and is used by elderly residents and children on their way to Morpeth All Saints First School.
“After considerable pressure from local residents, I have managed to arrange with Northumberland County Council that these much-needed works will be part paid for by the capital budget and part paid for by my small schemes’ allowance.
“There is much more to do on the footpaths around Morpeth, but I am glad we are off to a flying start.”