Kidsgrove residents will already be aware of the long running dispute over the ownership of land at Bathpool Park, Kidsgrove and the installation by the land owner of A.J. Green of a barbed wire fence on his land. It now appears though that the barbed wire fence which has been installed at Bathpool Park is a sever health and safety issue and placing the lives of many Kidsgrove residents in danger.
Whitehill Online has been sent a collection of photographs from a Kidsgrove resident who went out walking at the weekend only to find that the existing footpath through Bathpool Park has been fenced off. They did however find gaps left in the fencing which have either been left by the land owner for access to the foot paths or have been cut out probably by some disgruntled walkers who have found their footpath cut off. What it has left though is barbed wire exposed freely and metal fencing which could cause a serious injury. This is simply unacceptable for a public park which many Kidsgrove residents use.
It does appear that a dispute is taking place over the validity of the public footpath though the piece of land, with the Friends of Bathpool Park Group trying to collect evidence that this path has been used as a footpath. This involves completing a form which needs to be sent to Staffordshire Country Council. Residents who may have used the path in question (see the red section of the map) would really be advised to help out the Friends of Bathpool Group and Kidsgrove in general. You can download the required form here.
We have contacted Margaret Astle who is a member of the Friends of Bathpool Park for more information, however as ever she chooses to ignore our requests. Residents of Kidsgrove will no doubt not be surprised by this action from Margaret Astle.