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Footpath closure opposed

Posted 23 June 2010
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Footpath closure opposed
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Plans to close a footpath over a bridge in Swansea have been opposed by the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which said those who like to go walking along the round-Wales coastal route are likely to make use of it.

A public enquiry began yesterday (June 22nd) into plans by the city council to close a path over a former slip-bridge to the seafront, with the local authority arguing that a nearby crossing over Oystermouth Road will suffice.

OSS general secretary Kate Ashbrook commented: "The route is valuable and popular because it provides a path to the sea front, connecting with the coastal route which is being promoted by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the round-Wales coastal route."

She disputed the claim that the Oystermouth Road was an equivalent route as it was a road crossing and did not give pedestrians priority over the traffic and noted that the plans to close the slip bridge path have received 150 objections.

Those wanting to don their walking gear and enjoy a coastal walking challenge in south-west Wales may want to take on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which runs for 186 miles from from Poppit to Amroth.

Posted by Dan Mirza