Anger over Tesco footpaths

Residents have signed a petition to re-open the footpath over Tesco land, pictured front centre is Stuart Hunt with local residents
Residents have signed a petition to re-open the footpath over Tesco land, pictured front centre is Stuart Hunt with local residents

Furious residents have handed in a petition to local authorities over the closure of a ‘vital’ footpath that has been closed off.

The path, which used to run from Blyth Road to South Parade was closed by Bassetlaw Council last year.

It borders the northern edge of the land now owned by Tesco, on which it has planning permission to build a huge new superstore.

Tesco applied to have the path formalised and improved, but it was turned down by Bassetlaw Council on safety grounds.

So instead the supermarket giant provided an alternative route along the southern site boundary, featuring new surfacing and lighting.

But soon after it opened, a woman was mugged on her way home. And residents believe there may have been other incidents since then.

“We have been knocking on doors speaking to people about their concerns over the new path. We collected nearly 300 signatures. It would have been many more if we hadn’t gone in the middle of the day,” said campaigner and South Parade resident Stuart Hunt.

“Women in particular feel very vulnerable and a lot of people said they would not use the path after dark.”

“In essence the people living on this side of Carlton Road are cut off, without a suitable and convenient route to use to get to the station or into town.”

Colin Jones, of Sunnybank, whose daughter Lesley was attacked on the path last year, said residents had not been consulted before the original footpath was closed.

“The residents of this estate, who are the people affected were not consulted and the path was closed without notice,” he said.

The Guardian understands that Mr Hunt and Mr Jones visited the site with a Tesco representative to discuss the issue or reopening the northern path, and a possible fencing solution to address safety concerns.

They have also met with Bassetlaw Council community prosperity chief David Armiger and handed the petition in. A copy has also been given to Notts County Council.