Closed footpath in Potters Bar blocks route for 82-year-old

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 October 2016

Local residents are unhappy with the closure of the footpath on Birch Grove as many are elderly or disabled and can not take the suggested alternative route.

Local residents are unhappy with the closure of the footpath on Birch Grove as many are elderly or disabled and can not take the suggested alternative route.

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An 82-year-old has been left unable to walk into Potters Bar town centre after a footpath near her house was closed.

The footpath on Birch Grove has been closed for building works.The footpath on Birch Grove has been closed for building works.

Ruth Lewis, who lives in Birch Grove, has complained to Hertfordshire County Council after the closure of the footpath blocked her and her neigbours’ most convenient route into town.

She said: “That footpath, which is our main way of walking into town, will be closed for months.

“Hertfordshire County Council has got permission. It takes me to the station and I can go anywhere from there.

“They proposed an alternate route, I am 82 years old and can’t access the route. It goes up and down the hills which I can’t climb.

“I can only walk for a limited amount of time because I use a stick and I have arthritis.

“I have been in touch with everyone. I just can’t put up with it.

“I’ve been begging them to tell me what they intend to do with the footpath, which is outrageous.

“I can’t explain to these people properly it’s physically impossible for me to do this route. I’m really getting properly worked up about this now.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “We apologise for the inconvenience to residents while the footpath which links Birch Grove with The Walk in Potters Bar is closed.

“Alternative access schemes were considered but a full closure has proved necessary for the safety of the public while the construction work on the new residential property development takes place.

“The traffic order authorises the closure for a maximum of six months.”

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