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Long Sutton great-gran leads fight to have lane resurfaced

A woman of 91 is spearheading a campaign to have a lane resurfaced where she and other pensioners have suffered falls.

Kathleen Hicks says elderly residents of Spring Gardens, Long Sutton, use Folds Lane to walk into town.

Kathleen relies on a four-wheeled walker but finds it a painful experience on the lane because it is so rough under foot.

Kathleen Hicks on the lane with her walker
Kathleen Hicks on the lane with her walker

She said: “It shakes my shoulders and arms so much and now I have got a bad shoulder.”

Kathleen has so far collected 80 signatures on a petition - some of them gathered door to door - and has heard complaints from fellow pensioners who have had falls or find it tough to push a walker or a shopping trolley along the bumpy lane.

She will hand the petition to district councillor Jack Tyrrell, and hopes Long Sutton Parish Council will act and have the lane resurfaced.

Kathleen has lived in Spring Gardens for 26 years and says Folds Lane has never had anything done to it in all that time.

She said: “About 18 or 19 years ago, I fell on the lane and broke my wrist.

“One of the other ladies fell and broke both wrists. I think if we had complained they would have done something about it.

“It put me in plaster for six weeks.”

Kathleen says she’s also been told about two further incidents involving a woman and a man having falls.

A few years ago,Kathleen raised Folds Lane with then county council executive member for highways, William Webb, but he came back and said the lane was owned by the parish council.

Kathleen said: “If someone had a really bad fall and they claimed on the parish council, it would probably cost them nearly as much as if they had repaired the road.”

Coun Tyrrell, on behalf of the residents, will ask the parish council to step in to solve the problems.

He is a roads contractor himself and is prepared to do the job for the cost of materials alone if need be.

Parish council chairman John Clarey promised to visit Folds Lane and to put the item on the agenda for the next meeting.

He said: “We will see what we can do about it without a doubt.”

* Speeding on the approach to University Academy Long Sutton - and parents parking on zigzags outside the school - has prompted calls for better policing.

Lutton Bank is another concern highlighted by residents and councillors who are trying to get the 60mph limit dropped to 40mph.

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