Bradford rambling group president calls for action over 'dangerous' stiles (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford rambling group president calls for action over 'dangerous' stiles
7:00am Monday 27th August 2012 in News
The president of a Bradford rambling group has called for action on “dangerous” stiles on walking routes in the district.
Mick Melvin, of the Bradford CHA Rambling and Social Club, said on an average day walkers would have a problem with up to five per cent of the stiles they came across.
He said many stiles in the district presented a danger to walkers, young or old.
He said he wanted to see landowners take responsibility for problem stiles on their land, and for the Council to take action if that did not happen.
Mr Melvin said: “I think there are a lot of elderly walkers who go out midweek and they won’t be able to get past these stiles.
“Very often an attempt has been made to block the stiles with old timber or wooden pallets with large nails protruding. These can snag a waterproof jacket or trousers, which can cost over £200.”
A survey by Keighley Ramblers last year, who studied 256 miles of public rights of way, found popular paths were generally well-signposted and problem-free, but on lesser-used routes there were issues including broken stiles and obstructions.
Danny Jackson, Bradford Council’s countryside and rights of way service manager, said: “The condition and maintenance of stiles and other types of gate along rights of way in the Bradford district is the responsibility of the landowner.
“If a problem stile is reported to us we would investigate to ascertain whether it is causing a safety issue or an obstruction of the right of way.
“The next step is for us to inform the landowner of the problem and co-operate with them to find the best and quickest way of solving it.”