Van blockade stops cycle path work

Work to build a �80,000 cycle link between Gorleston and Hopton has been stopped after workmen were blockaded by a van parked by a concerned resident.Sandra Simpson, 64, blocked off part of Warren Road with her small van on Tuesday and yesterday because she fears the cycle path work will affect the stretch of the road she lives in, which is private.

Work to build a �80,000 cycle link between Gorleston and Hopton has been stopped after workmen were blockaded by a van parked by a concerned resident.

Sandra Simpson, 64, blocked off part of Warren Road with her small van on Tuesday and yesterday because she fears the cycle path work will affect the stretch of the road she lives in, which is private.

Preliminary work on the path was due to start in Warren Road yesterday but Mrs Simpson's van blocked the route for construction vehicles at the southern end of the road by Cliff Cottages.

The decision to block part of Warren Road was criticised by Norfolk County Council, which hopes to build the cycle path by the summer holidays to encourage more children to get on their bikes as part of a health drive.


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County Hall also says the �80,000 cycle path will be a safer alternative than cycling along the A12 between the two communities.

Warren Road is already used by many people who use it as a short cut to Gorleston and Hopton.

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Mrs Simpson decided to block off part of the road as she fears the council may also start work on the stretch of private road which is maintained by residents' funds.

She also fears that trees and wildlife will be adversely affected by any work.

A county council spokesman said: “We are disappointed that we have not been able to start work and we are working to progress the matter.

“This action is unhelpful as we believe the scheme will play a helpful role in encouraging more young people to make a healthier journey to school.”

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