Lawley and Overdale Parish Council has been advised of a temporary footpath closure due to planned maintenance works. Public Right of Way 177, Wrekin Way, will be closed to foot traffic on Monday 1 June 2020, for a period of 40 days.
The closure is due to M&J Evans undertaking water pipe realignment works. The works are scheduled to be completed on Friday 10 July 2020.
Signage and a diversion route will be posted on site.
UPDATE 1: Diversion route details
After concerns were raised about the diversion route, we sought additional clarity from the Borough Council. They provided us with some screenshots and further descriptions of the route.
Wrekin Way leads out towards a pedestrian crossing. Newdale Primary is on the left of Wrekin Way footpath. This leads to a cycle lane and footway.
This will then take them to Marlborough Way, in which there is a section with no footpath. There is however another pedestrian crossing outside the school.
To continue with the diversion, they will then follow Marlborough Way to Churncote Park, where the entrance to the footpath links back to Wrekin Way.
If you have any other concerns about this announcement, please feel free to contact us.
UPDATE 2 – 27/05/2020: Safety of diversion route
After the original announcement, a number of residents raised several safety concerns about the diversion route with us. As such, we asked the Telford & Wrekin Council Street Works team to investigate these concerns. They had an inspector walk and evaluate the route, and sent us their findings:
I have had confirmation today that the route is acceptable to use. The works will be taking place whilst we have the longest daylight hours, and all works will be completed prior to the school children returning in September. The diversion route along the footpath is also suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, however the rear entrance to the school will remain open for the Year 1 children that may be returning on June 1st.
Once the works have been completed, this will, in turn, provide an enhanced route to school with a resurfaced footpath, better lighting and landscaping.