A couple of weeks’ ago Norfolk County Council announced that it was finally starting work to replace steps on the Paston Way at Little London just outside North Walsham.

I am glad the work is finally being done but it is a real shame that the Council is not willing to invest in making the Paston Way properly accessible for all. Earlier this year I asked for work to be done that could have led to new bridges being built across two roads (including the one at Little London) so that the steep steps would not be needed:

Footpath plan blocked (but the battle for investment goes on)

On 6th December, the council’s Cabinet will examine infrastructure investment plans for Norfolk. One of just two projects planned for North Norfolk is £3 million being spent on the Weavers’ Way between North Walsham and Stalham. It’s a real shame that the money could not be found for a similar investment on an important path heading up the coast towards Mundesley.

Details of the work at Little London are contained in the following announcement:

Paston Way Norfolk Trail path closure and step replacement,  Little London Road, North Walsham

Work on the removal and replacement of two flights of steps on the Paston Way at Little London Road, North Walsham will start on 15 November 2021 and is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Due to the nature of the work and to ensure safety for path users, the steps will be closed to the public while the work is underway. Unfortunately, as there is no viable diversion route there will be no access to the Paston Way at this point while the work is underway. However the Paston Way will remain open as usual.

For Further Information

The Norfolk Trails Team, norfolktrails@norfolk.gov.uk, 0344 800 8020.