New path in Crowland will mean safer trips to school

Opening of new footpath
Opening of new footpath
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After almost five years of waiting, parents at Abbey 345 Pre-School in Crowland can finally drop off their children safely.

This month marked the completion of a new path from the road to the entrance of the pre-school.

Previously, parents had to battle over mud, rubber matting and tree roots with buggies and small children in tow.

“It was an accident waiting to happen,” manager Kathy Crouch said.

“We had children coming in with muddy knees on many 
occasions.”

The pre-school was finally able to replace the make-shift path thanks to money from Lincolnshire County Council to complete the £4,000 project.

The construction work took three weeks to complete.

The pre-school was helped with its funding application by Crowland and Whaplode Councillor Nigel Pepper.

“It is a bit of a triumph to finally have the work done,” Councillor Pepper said, referencing the council’s limited budget.

“It took a lot of calls to the building inspector and the head of property,” he added.

Councillor Pepper cut the ribbon on the new path at a ceremony on Thursday.

Helen Atkinson, a mother at the pre-school, said parents were pleased with the new path.

“It’s fantastic. It’s so much wider than the old one and it’s also concrete, which means no more sunken muddy paths in bad weather,” she said.

Miriam Neave, whose son attends the pre-school, agreed.

“The new path is a big 
improvement and using the 
repairs as an opportunity to develop an extra play area for the children is a great idea.”

The pre-school plans to paint road markings onto the path for the youngsters to ride their scooters and bikes on.

The money from the 
county council also means that Abbey 345 has been able to spend its own funds on a pirate ship structure for the children to play on.

Kathy added: “It is a right for children to be able to reach a place of education safely.

“Now we have been able to spend the money on things that are beneficial to the children.”