UK-onlyRoadSafetyFilter: how do I get a pavement put in our dangerous road for my kids and others?
December 26, 2012 3:38 PM Subscribe
I want to get a couple of neighbours (directly or via the municipality) to put a pavement in the currently pretty dangerous piece of road that connects me and my kids' house to town so we can walk there safely. UK only please.
posted by KMH to travel & transportation around England (4 answers total)
I live on a nice road in a small suburb in the UK with my wife and two very small kids.
Although it's nice (read "house prices are ridiculous so we live in a tiny apartment just off the road") it's also fairly unsafe: 2 blind corners either side of the cul de sac we have to come out of every morning, a little hill that also makes it impossible to spot people coming the other way, and notably reckless drivers (either moving without much attention to speed/each other, or parking on the road in stupid places).
And: there's no pavement. OK, there is, but on the main walking route into town there's nothing but a grassy bank on one side, and the ends of people's over-inflated-equity drives on the other.
There are only 4 or five houses between our little apartment block and the next normal paved street on the way into town, so I'm thinking: isn't it a no-brainer to get a proper pavement put in?
This is a route used by many families in our block, as well as pretty fragile elderly people, so it would benefit us and them too, without taking any significant real value from the 4 houses affected (it's literally just a couple feet of grass or gravel that's barely used anyhow as they all park in the road a lot).
At the moment we either make a big detour or risk walking on the road, which I hate and fear quite a bit, as I've seen the driving standards and I know people have been hit on an adjacent road even with a pavement; otherwise we can walk over the grass (muddy and slippery) or the fag-ends of the drives (muddy, slippery and a bit degrading because it feels like walking over someone's garden even if in a civilised area this would be the sidewalk!)...
Just put in a path, no big deal, right?
What's the best way to achieve this? Talk directly to them? Call the council? Other?