Former councillor up in arms about state of patch of land in Wisbech St Mary

The corner of Church Road and High Road.

The corner of Church Road and High Road. - Credit: Archant

A boggy patch of land in the centre of Wisbech St Mary has the residents up in arms.

The corner of Church Road and High Road.

The corner of Church Road and High Road. - Credit: Archant

The corner of High Road and Church Road is described by former Parish Councillor Brian Sandall as “a right mess”.

Work has been carried out there by Cambridgeshire County Council but the footpath has not been re-instated, Mr Sandall says.

He said: “There is a grassed area where the footpath has not been reinstated. It is full of ruts where cars have parked, some of them 12 to 18 inches deep.

“The council have put some grass seed down and some flimsy bollards but it looks a right mess.

“This morning, three bollards were pulled up. This is in the centre of the village and it looks like a cart track.

“We’ve protested to the council about them not re-instating the footpath.”

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A Cambs County Council spokesman said: “The issue of local residents parking on the grass and leaving ruts has been going on for many years and has nothing to do with the recent £75,000 scheme to resurface and improve paths in Wisbech St Mary.

“This scheme included taking away a small stretch of narrow path which was unused and did not meet width standards. “This removal has been supported by the Parish Council and the area will be grassed over.

“The Parish Council also asked for us to put in bollards to try and protect the grass from local residents and visitors parking on it.

“Temporary bollards have been put in place and we are disappointed to see that vandals may have pulled some up.”

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