Frustration as city road to be closed off for Anglian Water works at school

Lorraine Curston, chief executive of Dawn's New Horizon. Pictured inset is Sprowston Community Academy 

Lorraine Curston, chief executive of Dawn's New Horizon. Pictured inset is Sprowston Community Academy - Credit: Steve Adams/Brittany Woodman

Services and homeowners in a suburb town are lining up for disruption later this month as a key route is due to be closed off. 

Cannerby Lane in Sprowston will be shut for three days from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27. 

The county council has said Anglian Water will be carrying out work at Sprowston Community Academy to install a new main for development at the school. 

Sprowston Community Academy. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Sprowston Community Academy. Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

The school is building a new two-storey classroom block.

Cannerby Lane has a row of shops as well as many homes who will be impacted by the closure.

John Ward, Conservative county councillor for Sprowston, said: "It will cause a bit of disruption, no doubt, but people will get used to alternative routes.

"It is an inconvenience but it is essential work that needs to be done. It has all been signposted up properly and there will still be access for the people who live there." 

Consultation opened for public to have their say on the Viking Centre in Sprowston. John Ward, Town

Sprowston county councillor John Ward - Credit: Brittany Woodman/ Archant

Alternative routes will be provided via Russell Avenue, Cromwell Road and Wroxham Road. 

Lorraine Curston, chief executive of the Dawn’s New Horizon charity in Cannerby Lane which provides support to victims of domestic abuse, is not pleased about the road closure.

She said: "This will cause such a disruption within the organisation as we have clients who need to get to us in an emergency." 

Lorraine Curston, founder of Dawn's New Horizon outside the charity shop in Sprowston's Cannerby Lan

Lorraine Curston, founder of Dawn's New Horizon outside the charity shop in Sprowston's Cannerby Lane - Credit: Steve Adams

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Michelle Garrod, owner of Aspire Hair, said she has already been asked by one concerned customer if the salon will be closed during the work.

She said: "It will be business as usual as people can still come here from the Wroxham Road end.

"But it will have an impact if people do not know their way around."

Michelle Garrod owner of Aspire hair salon in Norwich. Photo: Emily Thomson

Michelle Garrod, owner of Aspire Hair, pictured during the Covid pandemic period - Credit: Emily Thomson

Sprowston Community Academy closes for the summer holidays on Thursday, July 21 so the work will not have any impact on students who attend the Cannerby Lane school.

Cannerby Lane in Sprowston where emergency services were called to reports of a crash between a pedestrian and a truck.

Cannerby Lane in Sprowston where emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a truck. - Credit: Google Maps

An Anglian Water spokeswoman said: “In order to keep road users and our engineers safe during this work, we will be closing a short section of Cannerby Lane south of its junction with Leveson Road.

"We have sent letters to residents to inform them of the work and we are working with the school to ensure access is maintained. We’d like to thank residents for their patience while we carry out this important work.”