4th July 2018
By Graham Smith
Cornwall Council is coming under increasing pressure to scrap its policy of making children walk to school between Delabole and Camelford. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to intervene later today (Wednesday.)
North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who has been backing local parents on the issue for several years, plans to raise the matter in Parliament. He has walked the route himself and shares the widely-held opinion that the road is not safe for pedestrians.
Local Cornwall councillor Dominic Fairman is also supporting local residents.
The council says it is simply following national policy and statutory requirements. The route is fractionally less than three miles, and has few reported accidents. Cornwall Reports has however walked the route and can confirm that it is little used by pedestrians. Motorists can lawfully travel at up to 60 mph. There are no pavements and several “blind” bends.
Local councillor Dominic Fairman joins protestors
It is not clear if any County Hall official has visited the site and tried to walk the route. A “paper” assessment appears to be based on a 15-year-old report.