School footpath safety fear

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: From left, Colina Mason, Maureen Stewart, Lorraine Mann and Julie Quinn on the uneven footpath.
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: From left, Colina Mason, Maureen Stewart, Lorraine Mann and Julie Quinn on the uneven footpath.
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Safety improvements at a Great Cornard school have put walkers at risk of injury, it has been claimed.

Two-metre-high security fencing has been put up around Thomas Gainsborough School in Head Lane to prevent dogs fouling on the playing fields and any unwanted intruders getting on to the site.

However, some residents claim the work, along with the creation of a new staff parking area, has resulted in soil and rubble being discarded close to a well-used footpath, making it dangerous.

“All the soil they removed was dumped all around the perimeter of the field where we walk our dogs,” said Julie Quinn, from Danes Court.

“If anyone else had done this, it would be regarded as fly-tipping. It is a real mess and the footpath has become uneven and unsafe.”

Mrs Quinn said she often saw children struggling to walk along the path on the way to school.

“It has not been thought out properly and everyone I have spoken to thinks it is ridiculous,” she said.

The fencing has been funded by a grant from Suffolk County Council as part of the Government’s priority school building programme.

Colina Mason, from Head Lane, said she was worried about injuring herself in a fall.

“I am not very good on my legs and have to use a stick, so the uneven surface is terrible,” she said.