Icy conditions trap Norwich man in his home

A frustrated Lakenham resident is calling for a salt bin to be installed on his road after being 'trapped' in his own home during the recent wintry weather.

Peter Moule, aged 60, was born with polio and requires an in-home carer to come to help him with a range of problems, including diabetes.

'I'm a disabled person and we have got a lot of old people living nearby,' explained Mr Moule, of Theobald Road in Lakenham. 'My carer really has to help me get out of the house, but the problems on our pavements have been going on for the past two years, they really do get quite nasty.

'I have tried with the council and they have said it is not something they deal with, but I have fallen over three or four times in the past few years.

My neighbour and I have been trying to get something sorted for the past couple of years because the pavement is on a bit of a slope and I don't want to go anywhere without any help. I have felt trapped in my own home this week.

'I have been out because my carer takes me shopping, but without her I wouldn't want to go anywhere.

'I want to stay in the house and the council should be listening to people like me who find it difficult to get out and about in these conditions.

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'I'm sure my neighbour would be very keen to grit outside for me because he really helps me.'

Norwich City Council has 200 salt bins around the city which are available for public use and the authority monitors their use to ensure they are in the most suitable positions.

The leader of the Green Party on Norwich City Council, Claire Stephenson, has given her backing to Mr Moule's campaign to increase safety on Theobald Road in Lakenham after learning of his distress at the situation.

A spokesman for Norwich City Council confirmed that there were no immediate plans for a salt bin on Mr Moule's part of Theobald Road, but pointed out that much of the road is already gritted, saying: 'Much of Theobald Road is gritted as it is on a bus route, although unfortunately for these residents it does not cover the cul-de-sac.

'Since the severe weather started we have received 117 requests for grit boxes at additional locations, including Theobald Road, and we will consider these as part of our end-of-season review.

'We try to make sure we grit the city's A and B roads and busy bus routes and we've made 225 on-street grit bins available this winter.

'As much as we would like to, we simply can't provide them in every road. Priority for grit boxes is always given to the known trouble spots with a significant slope or bend, but budget constraints mean we don't have the resources to provide any more at the present time.'