A cycling issue I’d been chasing with Norfolk County Council for several months has finally been addressed.
As part of the Thetford Academy building works, some adjustments were made to the north-west end of Joe Blunt’s Lane in Thetford. A new path was added alongside Croxton Road where Joe Blunt’s Lane meets the road, and a new path crossing the Lane from the main Academy site to the new car park was added a few meters further down.
In both these places, a new shingle surface was added adjacent to new hard-surfaced areas. This is dangerous to any cyclists using the Lane, and as the gravel dispersed, step-changes in surface height would be left behind. I complained to the council about this, who informed me that the single surface was contrary to the agreed plans. They asked the contractor to replace the shingle with a compacted sub-base material, which would be much safer for cyclists.
It took several months and further chasing with the Council, but I’m pleased to say that when I visited the site today, the shingle had (mostly) been removed and the new sub-base material had been installed.
The only slight snag is that a quantity of shingle remains just below the new surface at the Croxton road junction. This isn’t too bad, however, as it will naturally disperse over time.