Solution to thorny problem

Residents Sue Sharples, Joanne Stokes, Debbie Rich, Connor Roach, Tom Roach and Steven McClean are upset at the overgrown alleyway near Lancaster Road School.
Residents Sue Sharples, Joanne Stokes, Debbie Rich, Connor Roach, Tom Roach and Steven McClean are upset at the overgrown alleyway near Lancaster Road School.
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Children will soon be able to safely use a popular shortcut to school without fear of being cut by thorns or stung by nettles.

After residents complained to The Visitor about the overgrown alleyway close to Lancaster Road Primary School, a group of offenders on probation will be drafted in to clear the dangerous brambles.

The well-used pathway runs from Brendjean Road alongside the school to the top of Prospect Grove. Sue Sharples, who lives on Brendjean Road, said residents had previously complained to both Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.

“It’s annoying, I use it to go to work and children use it for school,” said Mrs Sharples.

A spokeswoman for the city council said: “This is an unadopted highway and therefore it’s clear that the responsibility doesn’t lie with either the city or county council. What isn’t clear is who the responsibility does lie with.

“This is one of those situations where we’ve taken the view that by doing the work we’ll improve the area. We’ve instructed the Probation Service’s Community Payback team to carry out the work on this occasion.

“This should take place in three to four weeks’ time.”