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People living next to A10 are furious as Royal Mail says it's too dangerous to deliver to their homes

09 Jun 2018, 14:15

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/l ... m-14757059

Residents say a regularly overgrown grass verge on the A10 needs a permanent fix

A junction on the A10 is so dangerous that local postmen refuse to take deliveries down it.

Residents of Fruit Farm in Chittering are furious that a grass verge at its entrance regularly becomes overgrown.


The tall grass prevents drivers exiting on to the busy A10 carriageway from seeing oncoming traffic.

Dave Freeman, 62, and his wife Ali, 54, moved into the area 12 years ago and have faced the problem on an annual basis.

The husband and wife were recently told by a local postman that the junction was too dangerous for him to make deliveries.


While the grass was recently cut, Mr Freeman, a financial advisor, says he has to regularly beg the council to cut it back.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Mail said the junction was being monitored for health and safety risks and that delivery suspension would only be a last resort.

'It really is a fatal accident waiting to happen'

"The issue is that this happens every year," Mr Freeman said. "We have to ring them constantly and plead with them to come out and every year it is when the grass is becoming dangerous.

"With something around 11,000 cars going past each day and most at 70 mph, plus the added complication of the junction opposite which has in itself caused numerous accidents over the years due to traffic turning right and other traffic being impatient and undertaking them, it is a highly dangerous junction.

"It really is a fatal accident waiting to happen. Until they do something permanent, nothing will change."

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The overgrown grass verge by the entrance to Fruit Farm on the A10 (Image: Dave Freeman)
'I've been here 12 years now and it has never changed'
Mr Freeman said six businesses that operated at the site were affected by the problem.

He added: "We have 15 people or more a day using this exit.

"My 78-year-old neighbour has to have numerous hospital visits and it won't be long before the taxis and hospital vehicles will also refuse to come to pick him up.

"It should be cut back and a cut away put in to stop it happening. I've been here 12 years now and it has never changed."

Drivers exiting on to the A10 can't see oncoming traffic (Image: Dave Freeman)
'We only suspend deliveries as a last resort'
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "Our staff are continuing to monitor the situation at the entrance to this property, where the long grass presents a health and safety risk to our drivers pulling out onto the busy A10.

"The grass has now been cut, but if concerns are raised about this in the future, a risk assessment will be carried out to determine whether it is safe for us to continue delivering to this address.

"The safety and welfare of our staff is paramount and we only suspend deliveries as a last resort."

'Our verges are cut up to three times a year'

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokeswoman said it regular inspects the condition of its road network.


She added: "We are responsible for maintaining the grass verges along Cambridgeshire roads and will respond to any reports raised by residents.

"Our verges are cut up to three times a year during the summer months and the first cuts were done in April this year.

“This section of Ely Road was trimmed this week and will be repeated before the end of the summer."


The council maintains information on verge cutting on its website.https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/resid ... s-cutting/

The spokeswoman added: "We are supportive of residents who wish to play an active role in looking after their environment and can apply to make improvements to their local highways."


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