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Walkers can now use shut-off lane
4:00pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
ONE of the busiest roads in Ledbury is now open to pedestrians, but it is still shut off to motorists because of a crumbling wall.
The ‘cut through’ between the Homend and the Worcester Road has been closed now for more than two weeks because of a crumbling wall at the junction with the Homend.
Herefordshire Council has said it is potentially unsafe.
The council and its highways contractor, Amey, is in talks with the householder to get the wall fixed, but no timescale has yet been announced for the work to be completed. Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury Coun Liz Harvey told Ledbury town councillors at a meeting in the Market House that new fencing and better signage would be installed at the junction, and this has since been carried out.
High metal fences keep walkers away from the crumbling wall, while allowing them access the lane.
The move has been welcomed by Bank Cresent resident Neil Brambell, who returned from holiday to find Knapp Lane closed.
He urged Herefordshire Council to ensure that something is done quickly to mend the wall and reopen the lane.
He said: “The only thing that has changed is the metal fencing and the pedestrian access.
“That is better and I welcome that, but with the volume of traffic now going down Bank Crescent, this problem needs to be sorted.”