After initial comments made by users of Whitehill Online regarding the barbed wire fence that has been installed next to the main pathway at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, Newcastle Brough Council have provided further details on this matter.
The land in question in Bathpool Park is actually private land. This is something that has only been discovered recently by Newcastle Borough Council and was raised at the Friends of Bathpool Park meeting which took place last week. The private land owner has now decided that they want to fence off the land and use this to graze sheep on. As a result we have seen the barbed wire fence installed on this land.
The private land owner is by law perfectly entitled to fence off land in such a way, however they have been warned by the council about liability issues that may come about from such action. It is fair to assume that the public footpath which runs though that land will be left in place, however the visual impact that this has on the park is damaging.