Safe access, away from the busy B6243 Preston Road for Grimsargh St Michael’s Primary School children has been a problem for many years and was recently improved for those who had to negotiate the narrow path at the side of skew bridge after the parish church built a car park and footpath along the old railway line.
But families living on the opposite side of the village who walk to school via Railway Walk still have to walk part of the way along the very narrow footpath from the top of skew bridge, before crossing the main road via the school crossing patrol.
It was felt that if the footpath was extended to continue under the bridge, a path could then be created up the old railway embankment to access the school by the new rear entrance, not only helping the children, but easing traffic congestion on the road, as fewer children would need to cross.
However, after Lancashire County Council was unable to carry out the work, the Rotary Club of Longridge and North Preston decided to undertake the project themselves, says member Jack Giddins, adding that this is thanks to being very much a “hands on” club with a variety of skills including building, landscaping and construction.
He said: “The cost of materials for the path is a little over £4,000, but we are delighted that Grimsargh Parish Council, who also believe that this is a very worthy project, have given us half that cost with a payment of £2,090,” adding: “Our only problem has been that since we were granted authority to conduct the work it hasn’t stopped raining. We are hoping that things will dry up in the next couple of months and enable us to get on with it.”