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Chasing pavements

Stratford Road, near Carp Cottage on 20 July 2022

The programme of resurfacing the pavements in Stratford Road begun last summer has come to an abrupt halt.

A promising start in Shakespeare Road saw resurfacing carried out to an excellent standard as the image in our earlier News Story showed.

Shakespeare Road, October 2021
Stratford Road opposite Chancellor's Farm on 20 July 2022

Councillor John Wells has provided the following statement:

"The pavements in Stratford sub Castle are currently, and have been for some time, in extremely poor condition. I have visited all the residences in the village recently and many residents have also expressed their concerns about the situation. I personally have reported the extremely poor condition of the stretch of pavement between Castle Keep and Mill Lane on two occasions in the current year using the MyWilts app. I know other residents have also reported the problem to Wiltshire Council. Having recently conducted a city-wide accessibility audit, disability campaigner/adviser Kez Adey reported her safety concerns to Paul Shaddock (Wiltshire Council Officer) on 10th June. Mark McClelland (Wiltshire Councillor for St Francis and Stratford Ward) also received a copy of her email identifying the pavements in Stratford sub Castle as "... the worst area around Salisbury..." Proposed pavement maintenance was scheduled to take place earlier this year on both sides of the road at the northern end of the village from the junction of St Lawrence Close through to the school, using a treatment known as Footway Slurry Microsurfing. I have seen little evidence of this work being carried out. I contacted Mark McClelland on 9th July requesting an explanation of the process of identifying priorities for maintenance and repair of pavements in our ward after questions were raised about the recent complete resurfacing of nearby Shakespeare Road. To date I have yet to receive a reply. I will continue to pursue the matter on behalf of local residents and provide an update on the situation when any further developments occur. In the meantime please report and further concerns directly to MyWilts

or contact Councillor McClelland at Wiltshire Council email:

Cllr John Wells (Salisbury St Francis & Stratford Ward)"



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