Inconsiderate drivers could send brick wall crashing down onto walkers, Sutton homeowner fears

The eroded grass verge on the corner of Bury Lane

The eroded grass verge on the corner of Bury Lane - Credit: Archant

A SUTTON Gault resident fears her 40 metre brick wall could come crashing down on a motorist or pedestrian because of lorries and tractors that have eaten away at the verge which supports it.

The eroded grass verge on the corner of Bury Lane

The eroded grass verge on the corner of Bury Lane - Credit: Archant

Joanne Holman says a steady stream of heavy goods and farm vehicles have cut across a grass verge at the front of her property, in Bury Lane, over a number of years, with as much as two feet being eroded away.

She fears that the wall could become unstable in a matter of months as the vehicles continue to cut the corner and could lead to the wall collapsing onto a passer by.

She said: “The wall could seriously damage a vehicle if it were to collapse, but most worrying, it could fall on a pedestrian and I don’t need to go into any further detail if that were to happen.

“Sutton Gault is a haven for walkers, and also families, with children in pushchairs and on bicycles. Something needs to be done before a tragic accident happens.”


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Joanne said that she had put our several cones to guide vehicles away from the verge but all except one in seven years had been squashed or broken into pieces.

Sutton Parish Council has pledged its support to help Joanne and both parties have been in touch with Cambridgeshire County Council and the county highways department.

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Joanne said: “One of the ways that some of the problem could be avoided, would be to stop heavy traffic from turning into Bury Lane whilst the causeway is flooded, because 48ft articulated vehicles are reversing three-quarts of a mile back to the main A1123.

“Apart from the erosion to all the verges, trying to reverse that size of vehicle around a 90-degree corner means it is especially difficult to remain on the roadway.”

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