Family relieved as work begins at 'obstacle course' retirement complex

Paul and Madeleine Carter

Paul and Madeleine Carter have been raising the flag with the city council for months about issues at Whitebeam Court retirement complex - Credit: Linda Carter

Works to turn an "obstacle course" of a retirement complex into a functional community space have begun in Norwich — six months after people living there raised the alarm.

Madeleine Carter, 84, was too afraid to leave her home at Whitebeam Court in Motum Road for fear she would trip over a broken paving slab or pile of rubbish, or be smacked by a wayward branch.

Hanging branches at Whitebeam Court in Norwich

Hanging branches at Whitebeam Court in Norwich - Credit: Paul Carter

Madeleine Carter and her son Paul said issues at Whitebeam Court had been going on for months

Madeleine Carter and her son Paul said issues at Whitebeam Court had been going on for months - Credit: Paul Carter

Her son Paul says he has asked Norwich City Council to clean up the area dozens of times since May.

But thanks in part to the Evening News putting pressure on the council as part of our We'll Sort It campaign, works begun last Thursday.

A council spokesman said the path was being replaced and new benches are being installed.

He explained: "This is part of an ambitious and ongoing wider programme to improve the aesthetics of our estates."

Re-paving works have began at Whitebeam Court

Re-paving works have began at Whitebeam Court - Credit: Paul Carter

Works began at Whitebeam Court last Thursday

Works began at Whitebeam Court last Thursday - Credit: Paul Carter

Mr Carter said he also wanted to see the council fix the uneven pavement by his mum's gate leading from her back garden in to the courtyard.

The council said they weren't aware of issues beyond the ones being addressed.

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