Parish Council calls for action

June 15th 2018

The following email has been sent to Cornwall Council, Wills Bros. and Ward Williams on behalf of residents.

“The Parish Council continues to receive complaints about the delay in reinstating the pavements in Treloweth Lane on the approach to the Station.
We realise that your priority is to concentrate efforts on the new car parks but this leaves the unfinished pavements in a dangerous state for pedestrians.
At the Community Network Panel meeting held on 21 May, the concerns about the pavements were raised by Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Buzza, and the response was that the pavements would be reinstated in a few weeks (see the minutes of the meeting which were recently distributed from Vanessa Luckwell).
Councillor Buzza said that local residents had suffered significant disruption and inconvenience as a result of the works and that it was important that some aspects of the project were completed and completed quickly, i.e. the pavements.
Work has been completed in Treloweth Lane itself (apart from resurfacing) but we are left with pavements with a temporary surface, in which new manholes are now significant trip hazards.
The red paint sprayed around the manhole covers is an inadequate risk control measure, and especially at risk are parents and carers with children in or out of pushchairs, those with disabilities and the elderly.
The state of the pavement between the bridge and the Station is appalling and an even greater hazard to users. It is hard to imagine how health and safety concerns could be adequately addressed in a Construction Phase Plan if inspected by the HSE or Local Authority.
Wills Bros. started digging up the pavement on Treloweth Lane at the end of April and seven weeks on, they are still unfinished. Furthermore, the pavement opposite the Station is at the same level as the road as the kerb has been removed while installing new drainage.
There is a drain cover which is sunk, particularly at one end, which presents a real hazard to cyclists and needs to be addressed urgently.
We appreciate that Wills Bros. is under pressure to progress the project, (albeit without planning permission for the extended working hours which have been operated for some time), but such pressure does not justify putting pedestrians at risk of injury.
We request, that urgent action is taken to restore the pavements to their finished condition. Thank you.”

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