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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Prudhoe plagued by rat runs and poor paths

AFFLUENT sixth formers who drive themselves to school are posing problems for Prudhoe residents.

For they park their cars in the residential areas around Prudhoe High School, making life difficult for people who live there by the congestion they cause.

Local resident Rachel Smith asked the February meeting of Northumberland County Council’s west area committee: “Why are they allowed to bring cars to school when it causes problems?”

She also complained about roads running parallel with Front Street being used as rat runs by drivers, putting pedestrians at risk.

She said no entry signs had been taken down and needed to be reinstated as a matter of urgency.

Miss Smith also expressed concern about the poor condition of the roads and pavements throughout Prudhoe.

She said: “I have fallen and fractured my skull on an uneven pavement and this has had life-changing effects.

“The roads are full of potholes and the footpaths throughout the town are in a dreadful condition.”

Prudhoe’s Coun. Bill Garrett promised to do all he could to deal with the road and pavement problems and said any issues caused by students parking outside the high school would be tackled by the council’s civil enforcement wardens when they took over from the police in April.

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