High Path saga going nowhere

A BUXTON town centre footpath is still no closer to being re-opened – nine months after being closed on safety grounds.

The High Footpath on the A6 Bakewell Road was closed in November because of safety concerns caused by overhanging trees. The trees, many of which were diseased or dead, caused parts of the wall bordering the footpath to collapse.

In June, Derbyshire County Council closed the road between the Morrisons supermarket and the bottom of Fairfield Road for two weeks so they could carry out work to remove the trees.

However, the footpath remained closed after this work was completed, and the authority have said they still don’t know when it will re-open.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We removed overhanging branches which were causing a safety risk to pedestrians on the path and road users.

“The footpath remains closed while we assess the extent of the damage to the wall and the work needed to make it safe.

“Both the trees and the wall are owned privately, not by the county council.”

Derbyshire County Council sold the land to a private owner for £10,000 in 2008. But the authority have already spent £8,400 in legal fees to try and get the landowner to take remedial action.

However, this has so far been unsuccessful so the cost of the work may fall on council taxpayers until the money can be recouped from the landowner.