May 26 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Monday, July 9, 2012
Fears have been raised a pedestrian access onto a Norfolk industrial estate could be closed, forcing employers and visitors to take a longer route onto the estate, which does not have a path.
Staff at firms on Wymondham Business Park have received notices warning the park’s owner would be closing the access route from London Road from July 16.
However, Adrian Warnes, a mechanical engineer with Optima Packaging Machinery, said the closure of the path, which runs along the side of unit 9 in London Road between the estate and the fire station, would force employees to have to take a more dangerous route.
He said pedestrians coming from London Road would have to walk to the top of the road and then onto Suton Road before walking down the service road onto the estate, which does not have a footpath and is often used by delivery lorries visiting businesses on the estate, which include Orchard Toys and Tesla cars.
He added: “There is no footpath on the service road and therefore the alternative to using the pedestrian access is quite a lengthy and hazardous trip round the estate.
“I think it may impact on trade for businesses on the estate as people may decide they do not want to walk an extra three quarters of a mile around the estate and may decide to go somewhere else.”
Mr Warnes believed there had been problems over a planning condition attached to the permission for the business park, which stated a pedestrian crossing should be provided on London Road providing access to the estate.
However, the estate’s owner denied the pedestrian access was set to close, but instead there would be “changes” to the path in the future.