Path block to riders

HORSE riders will be unable to use a footpath linking St Albans Road and Shawbrook Close, in Rishton, after A frames were installed. The frames, which can also be seen installed at various points along entrances to the canal towpath, were put in place after councillors received complaints about a small number of horse riders, Coun Ken Moss said. The footpath has just been resurfaced to the tune of £6,000. A sign that shows the path is off-limits to horse riders has also been installed, as has a bin for dog waste.

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2:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

warrenlm says...

Actually, "this" is not the whole story ...

Firstly, the work done was a single combined project - to repair the crumbling 'unadopted' footpath, to improve the Street Lighting AND to install a barrier to Horse Riders ... and it was carried out over TWO MONTHS AGO, so it's not exactly 'News'.

Secondly, the original plan to install Steel A-Frames, was changed to installing Wooden Posts with Wooden "Shoulders" to allow people to pass, but which are supposed to block Horses from 'squeezing' thru.

According to the Principal Enginner at Hyndburn Borough Council, " The County Council and other authorities are shying away from using the steel “A frame” type of barrier as it may restrict some forms of mobility scooter. "

Thirdly, the £6,000 that was 'suddenly' allocated by the Councillors of the Rishton Area Council, back in November 2013, was NOT ENOUGH to do the job, and the HBC-Engineers needed to put in for additional Match-Funding before they could actually afford to start doing the job.

And finally, LancsTelegraph themselves already know that this "issue" has been going on, and on, since as far back as MAY 2011 --- but Local Councillors have only 'now' gotten around to delivering on their broken promises ... as quoted and reported in the LT (see URL link - attached)

At one point, residents who were sick of still waiting for years for action to be taken, put together a group petition and submitted it directly to the council-engineering offices, but it was just returned-to-sender, unopened.

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Actually, "this" is not the whole story ... Firstly, the work done was a single combined project - to repair the crumbling 'unadopted' footpath, to improve the Street Lighting AND to install a barrier to Horse Riders ... and it was carried out over TWO MONTHS AGO, so it's not exactly 'News'. Secondly, the original plan to install Steel A-Frames, was changed to installing Wooden Posts with Wooden "Shoulders" to allow people to pass, but which are supposed to block Horses from 'squeezing' thru. According to the Principal Enginner at Hyndburn Borough Council, " The County Council and other authorities are shying away from using the steel “A frame” type of barrier as it may restrict some forms of mobility scooter. " Thirdly, the £6,000 that was 'suddenly' allocated by the Councillors of the Rishton Area Council, back in November 2013, was NOT ENOUGH to do the job, and the HBC-Engineers needed to put in for additional Match-Funding before they could actually afford to start doing the job. And finally, LancsTelegraph themselves already know that this "issue" has been going on, and on, since as far back as MAY 2011 --- but Local Councillors have only 'now' gotten around to delivering on their broken promises ... as quoted and reported in the LT (see URL link - attached) At one point, residents who were sick of still waiting for years for action to be taken, put together a group petition and submitted it directly to the council-engineering offices, but it was just returned-to-sender, unopened. http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/hyndburn/rishton/9 017340.Kissing_gates _come_in_after_Risht on_residents_complai n/ warrenlm

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