A LONG-STANDING issue in a Morpeth estate is set to finally be resolved.
Residents in Lancaster Park have frequently raised concerns about flooding footpaths along and next to the main pedestrian walkway for several years and although some work was carried out a few years ago, the problems were not resolved.
Morpeth Town Council made it a priority issue and county councillor David Bawn has pressed for action in recent months, and improvements have been made by the county council to one part of the middle path – workers replaced the flagstones with hard surfacing.
Now it has confirmed that it will carry out a further phase of repairs in March.
A big portion of the funding will come from Coun Bawn’s members’ community allowance over two financial years.
He said: “It’s great that after negotiations with officers, these vital works will be carried out in the spring.
“The problems in Lancaster Park have been affecting residents for many years and they were neglected for far too long.”
The news has been cautiously welcomed by Lancaster Park resident Colin Coates, who has contacted the county council about the issue on many occasions.
He said: “It is a public safety issue, not an inconvenience issue. The problem sections of the path are particularly dangerous when they freeze after a period of rain and I’ve heard of three residents breaking bones after slipping over.
“Coun Bawn has been very proactive on this matter and the county council did a super job on one of the problem areas. It has made an enormous difference. Hopefully, the upcoming works will fix the other sections that are causing concern. Some attempted repairs were made about seven years ago, but all this succeeded in doing was moving the problem further along.”
An email address has been set up for residents to communicate their observations and any incidents – middlepath firstname.lastname@example.org
A county council spokeswoman said: “We have written to the town council to let it know that we have re-assessed the footpath through the centre of Lancaster Park, which is affected by flooding.
“We are proposing to carry out a further phase of repairs in March 2014.”