Footpath prone to flooding 'forces children into road'
A FOOTPATH in Honicknowle that regularly floods has meant school children need to walk on the road, according to one parent.
Lee Gannon, from Manadon, who has two children at Shakespeare Primary School said he has been trying to get the path sorted for more than two years.
The 36-year-old bus driver said the problems became worse after the surrounding area was left with a large amount of mud on the footpath.
"Every time it rains it completely floods the whole of the path. They've put up railings so the kids can't run into the road but they've left half of the mud there so when it rains the path is all sludgy and floods.
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"It floods to at least one or two inches deep so you can't walk through it, so you have to walk in the road as it's the only path from the Shakespeare Road end to get to the school."
He said he has contacted the Council on a number of occasions but to no avail.
"I've been told they were going to do it over the Easter break because they had to shut the path off, but they didn't.
"I've rung them again and they say they are going to do it but when I last spoke to the Council they said I'd have to start the whole process again because they had new computers and had lost their records.
"It's been going on for two years now and I must have made around 30 phone calls. You think they would have done it when they did the school."
A Plymouth Transport and Highways spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the problems with this footpath and thank Mr Gannon for his reports, which triggered an inspection of the site and the plan for recommended works.
"As the public will not be able to use the path throughout the period of the works, the decision was made that it was best completed during the school holidays so as to cause as little disruption as possible.
"We were unable to complete this during the Easter holidays as originally planned, so the work is now scheduled to take place during the summer holidays."