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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Irresponsible walkers 'risking their lives' on Carlisle footpath

Irresponsible walkers are risking their lives by ignoring “footpath closed” signs.

Caarlisle danger path photo
Concerns raised as people continue to use footpath

The warning has been issued by Councillor Liz Mallinson in the hope it will prevent someone being seriously injured.

Mrs Mallinson, a county councillor for Carlisle and city councillor for Stanwix Urban, told the News & Star that part of the wall had collapsed alongside the footpath between the cricket club and Cavendish Terrace, Stanwix.

Barriers had been put up to protect walkers but these have been persistently ignored after the path was closed on January 6.

“This is a health and safety issue,” Mrs Mallinson insisted. “We are urging people not to cross the barriers. Irresponsible people are moving the barriers and putting themselves at risk.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said the existing barriers were not doing their job – admitting not only are they being ignored, but have also been the target of vandals.

He said: “The county council closed this footpath for safety reasons because of the poor condition of an adjacent wall, which is believed to be jointly owned by Carlisle City Council and a landowner.

“We have put in place barriers and road signs at each end of the footpath advising people of the closure but these have frequently been damaged and moved.

“We would urge people not to use this footpath until the wall has been repaired and it can be reopened.

A spokeswoman for the city council said:“Steps will be taken to make the wall safe.”

The county council installed “more substantial fencing” on Thursday in the hope that walkers will stay away.

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