Mum forced to navigate brambly path or busy road with pushchair on school run

Verges in Redruth
-Credit: (Image: Fiona Hughes-Parry)


A mother has complained about overgrown verges after the brambles injured her young daughter's hand, forcing her to take a dangerous route across a main road on her daily school runs.

Fiona Hughes-Parry, who lives in Redruth, says several parents have reported the matter to Cornwall Council but verges beside their route to the local school remain overgrown several weeks later. She now has to cross a busy road just off the A30 bypass with her babies instead.

She said "it's getting beyond a joke" as the pathways from North Country, Redruth, to Treleigh School are overgrown with brambles and thorns. It's so bad that she can't fit her double stroller along the pavement on Basset Road without risking her two youngest children getting hurt.

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"Nothing is getting done about this and it’s getting beyond a joke now," she said. "People walk their kids to school up here and myself, I have a twin pram with a baby and toddler in.

"I have to cross the main road which is dangerous as I am not pushing my babies through that. The council have been informed by numerous parents.

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Basset Road in Redruth
Part of the pathway on the one-mile stretch she walks to take her eldest to school -Credit:Fiona Hughes-Parry

"I cannot push my babies or walk my nine-year-old through this. My toddler touched a thorn few weeks back as we were walking to school and yet nothing is being done."

She said it is "absolutely awful" and that she and other parents have had no choice but to cross the busy road instead and access the school via a different route. "We get some horrible looks from drivers crossing that bit. It's dreadful," she adds.

She has reported the matter to Cornwall Council and claims several other parents have too. A spokesperson for Cormac said: "To keep our roads and footways safe for residents we cut vegetation on approaches to highway junctions, warning signs and hazard markers as well as the inside of tight bends and verges with high pedestrian use.

"We time our cuts to help protect wildflowers on the verge wherever possible in line with Cornwall Council's Environmental Growth Strategy and the Pollinator Action Plan.

"Any additional cuts depend on the extent of seasonal growth and where inspections show safety is being compromised. Our highway steward has inspected the footway and the area is on the programme to be cut over the next week."

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