Paths need protecting
8:10am Thursday 21st June 2012 in Letters
WITH reference to the article on the Waterfront scheme (Barry & District News, June 14).
A couple of years ago one of the first acts by the consortium represented by Mr Keogh was to block pedestrian access to the right of way across to Barry Island, and on November 5 too, much to the annoyance of many people intending to use that route to the firework display.
Since then determined members of the public have kept the way open despite repeated efforts by the consortium to close it. I use the path frequently as do many walkers, cyclists, runners and young mothers with children in pushchairs (the last with some difficulty).
Apart from some wire fencing separating the council car park from the site, I see no evidence of any health and safety measures.
If Mr Keogh thinks the Clive Road steps are a safe alternative he should try them with a bicycle or a pushchair with a child.
As for all the amenities mentioned, I doubt if they’ll ever appear – I recall similar claims planned for the first development.
To be cycnical, I would bet that the 15 per cent affordable housing will be in the area bounded by the railway, the waterworks and the council car park – the first area fenced for health and safety reasons.
Finally, I believe the council has a duty to protect public footpaths and rights of way, but it doesn’t seem to be acting in this case.
Ronald Peck Morgan Street Barry