Danger path gets facelift

Public footpath between Queensway and Carlton Road, Worksop  (w121219-2a)
Public footpath between Queensway and Carlton Road, Worksop (w121219-2a)

A FOOTPATH which has been the subject of much complaint in recent months has been revamped.

The path runs along the northern boundary of the former Clinton Maltings site in Worksop, where Tesco has been granted permission for a new superstore.

The unofficial footpath was being used as an alternative to the original path which crossed the land, from South Parade to Carlton Road. This was ‘stopped up’ earlier this year to allow work to begin on site.

Residents’ frustrations have been running high over the lack of a suitable footpath, and the lack of work on the derelict site between Blyth Road and Carlton Road.

It came to a head last month, when Worksop woman Lesley Jones was mugged at knife point while using the new path.

Now Tesco has ploughed some money into improving the path for local people to use.

It provides a three metre wide route surfaced with asphalt and suitable for pedestrians, bicycles, prams and wheelchairs.

The path is also lit with lighting bollards so it is safer to use at night.

Anthony Coupe, from Worksop East Tenants and Residents Association, said the new path was a ‘great result’. “There are at least a dozen lights all the way down the path. It’s much better for people to use,” he said.

“It’s a good gesture from Tesco. They have responded to local people’s worries and are taking responsibility for the path.”

It is anticipated work on building the new store will start within weeks.

When plans for the new store were first announced, Tesco hoped the new store would be up and running by this Christmas.

Once built, the supermarket will be a 8,121 sq m store, plus service yard, car park and recycling centre. It will replace the existing Tesco store on Gateford Road.