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Concerns in Braunton after flooded path forces children into road

By NDJPeter  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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CONCERNS have been raised over the safety of pedestrians in Braunton after a footpath was blocked by flooding.

The path, which runs alongside the A361 between Wrafton and Chivenor, is used by children attending Southmead Primary and Braunton Academy.

Heavy rain has seen the footpath covered in up to 10cm of water this month.

Parents and children are being advised to find alternative routes.

The issue has seen some walking on the grass verges and the road itself.

Braunton parish councillor Liz Spear said the safety of the children walking to school should be viewed as a priority by Devon County Council.

She said: “The purpose of having the verge is to keep the children away from the traffic, but if people are having to walk along it or even in the road then there is a serious problem.

"The kids from Chivenor all walk that way for both the primary and the academy so you have got all the age ranges. It’s awful really. The safety of the children should come before anything else.”

Lance Gilkes, chairman of Heanton Parish Council, said the problem meant people should consider taking alternatives routes.

He said: “We have all been aware of it for quite some time. There just doesn’t seem to be enough resources to resolve the situation.

“Our advice is where possible people should use the Tarka Trail. Obviously at this time of year it tends to get quite dark along there so people just need to take care.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said the issue would be investigated.

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