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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has re­newed his call for work to build a foot­path on the road where the two men were killed. Thomas Northam and Thomas Fletcher were killed when they were struck by a BMW as they walked along a stretch of Broad­way be­tween Farcet and Yax­ley. The part of the road they were on when they were hit does not have a foot­path run­ning along­side it, and pedes­tri­ans are forced to ei­ther walk on the grass verge or on the car­riage­way it­self, as traf­fic passes closely. It is not clear if the lack of foot­path played a part in the in­ci­dent or not. How­ever, Mr Vara, who ex­pressed his sympa- thies to the fam­i­lies of the two men fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, said it was vi­tal some­thing was done to build a pave­ment for pedes­tri­ans. A Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil spokesman said work to con­struct the path is set to be­gin at the be­gin­ning of March. But Mr Vara said he wanted work to be­gin ear­lier to pre­vent any fur­ther in­ci­dents on the stretch of road, which has a 40mph speed limit. He said: “The cam­paign for a foot­path has been go­ing on for many years, and this has been far too long. “There have been a num­ber of rea­sons for the de­lay, but the time has come for Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil to cut through any fur­ther ob­sta­cles and give ab­so­lute pri­or­ity to get­ting the foot­path built. “Since the tragedy oc­curred last week, I have spo­ken to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil, Gil­lian Beasley, ask­ing her to per­son­ally en­sure that mat­ters pro­ceed as quickly as pos­si­ble. “She said she would do that.” Mr Vara’s call comes a week af­ter Chris York, chair­man of Farcet Par­ish Coun­cil, also called for the path to be built as quickly as pos­si­ble – and for work to start be­fore March. Mr York said the ex­cuses for the de­lay in start­ing the work were ‘to­tally un­ac­cept­able’. He said: “There has been dis­cus­sion with lo­cal mem­bers around an ear­lier date, but of­fi­cers have ad­vised against this due to con­cerns about wet ground con­di­tions, given that the site is cur­rently agri­cul­tural in na­ture. “The de­layed start date ac­counts for the re­duced spend pro­file for this year.” Mr York added: “The ex­cuse given cit­ing ground con­di­tions is to­tally un­ac­cept­able. “This is yet an­other lame ex­cuse, when house build­ing is ac­tu­ally on the in­crease. “One ex­am­ple is the devel­op­ment on Peter­bor­ough Road be­tween Farcet and Stan­ground, where over 20 houses have been built in less than three months on what was agri­cul­tural land.”

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