An “accident waiting to happen” alleyway in March is being fixed thanks to a missing bollard

Alley way at Smiths Drive in March is being used as a cut through

Alley way at Smiths Drive in March is being used as a cut through - Credit: Archant

An alleyway that has been used as a rat run for cars between two roads is about to be closed to traffic thanks to a resident who made a plea for the area to be made safe.

The walkway between Smiths Drive and Upwell Road, next to the dentist surgery, has been used as a sneaky cut through by vehicles for around two years, the resident said.

But after getting in touch with us to help, Fenland District Council have now promised to put up a missing bollard to close the alleyway down to just pedestrians.

Work is due to be carried out next week.

Norman Towler, who has lived in Smiths Drive for more than 30 years, said: “A lot of children use that walk way to get to Cavalry Park school, people use it to walk through for the dentist. It was becoming an accident waiting to happen.

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“It is obvious that vehicles shouldn’t be going that way as they have to bump up the kerb and go across the grass to use it. I’ve seen vans and even a pick up truck go across there. I can’t sit back and do nothing as it worries me that somebody will get knocked down.

“I can’t live with that on my conscience.”

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A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “We have arranged for our grounds maintenance contractors The Landscape Group to install another concrete post to prevent cars going through. It will be in place by the end of next week.”

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