FAMILIES in Lily Green Lane, Brockhill, are celebrating after finally getting a footpath – 16 years after their homes were built.
It means there’s finally an end to traipsing across grass and mud or walking on a busy road for householders ‘cut-off’ by Brockhill Drive.
Not only that but it’s the first new footpath in North Worcestershire, and it was paid for by discretionary highways money secured by North Redditch County Councillor Robin Lunn.
“The original plan was to put the footpath in but the developer never did – it left people having to walk across the grass and made it difficult for people with pushchairs. It was just plain daft,” said Coun Lunn.
Working together with fellow Redditch North councillor Graham Vickery and members of Brockhill Residents Association they finally got the footpath built – at a cost of £10,000 – transforming the lives of local householders.
“They want to encourage us to use public transport and leave the car at home but to catch the bus we had to walk along this uneven grass verge and then cross a busy road to get to the bus stop,” said Julie Vincent, secretary of the residents association.
“We’ve been here 14 years and the developer just didn’t finish the job. We’re really happy with what Robin has done, he’s always doing his best for us.”
Coun Vickery added: “We’ve been trying to get get the county council to sort out the road system up here and I actually think that we are beginning to make real progress and this could be a sing of things to come.”