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New steps are a ‘monstrosity’

Peter Bamber, Judith, Chris and Sarah Pickup and Caroline Bury with their dogs on the new steps on the public footpath in Knowle Green

Peter Bamber, Judith, Chris and Sarah Pickup and Caroline Bury with their dogs on the new steps on the public footpath in Knowle Green

A new set of metal steps erected along a village path have been condemned as ridiculous - from both practical and visual perspectives.

Longridge grandmother Judith Pickup, who says she has walked the footpath - which runs from behind the village church at Knowle Green down to Ribchester and is known as “Dilworth Bottoms” - with her dogs for decades, says she couldn’t believe it when she first came across the steps more than three weeks ago.

She said: “It is ridiculous. They are a monstrosity, like a fire escape - metal with huge open treads so you cannot walk down them with a dog,” adding they are also proving difficult for any walkers dependent on walking sticks because of the size of the treads.

She says the 17 steps have been erected over the old stone steps belonging to the mill, and that Ribble Valley Council put up decking along the footpath when the banking of the stream collapsed.

David Goode, Lancashire County Council public rights of way manager, said: “Since this right of way became our responsibility in April following the end of an agreement under which it was maintained by Ribble Valley Borough Council we’ve become aware of the concerns that the steps are difficult for dogs.

“We have no statutory responsibility to make rights of way suitable for dogs but we recognise this path is well used by local dog walkers and are currently looking into the options to provide a reasonable solution.”

 

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