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You’re going to get Wheelie wet!

DIRTY REALITY: Not everywhere on the Guild Wheel system is as pleasant as this section in Avenham Park. Evening Post reader Graeme Sergeant has sent video footage of flooding on one of the spokes on Grange Park, Ribbleton (left)

DIRTY REALITY: Not everywhere on the Guild Wheel system is as pleasant as this section in Avenham Park. Evening Post reader Graeme Sergeant has sent video footage of flooding on one of the spokes on Grange Park, Ribbleton (left)

A walker has hit out over flooding on a path that leads up to the Guild Wheel.

Graeme Sergeant, from 
Ribbleton, regularly walks his dog on Grange Park playing fields.

Earlier this year footpaths were installed on Grange Park which are meant to be ‘spokes’ to the Guild Wheel.

The Guild Wheel is a 21-mile ‘greenway’ that encircles Preston, linking the city to the countryside.

It is one of the 2012 Guild year legacy projects.

However Mr Sergeant claims that the new path on Grange Park at the top of Pope Lane, Moor Nook, is constantly flooded.

As well as being an access route to the Guild Wheel it also 
provides access to the Brockholes Nature Reserve.

And the father-of-two, who also rides his bicycle and jogs along the paths, believes that they have not been laid properly.

He said: “Since the paths went in they are constantly flooded.

“The puddles are 40ft long and the paths are three inches below the field.

“It is horrendous.

“The paths were put in wrong so they are always going to collect the water.”

He added: “The paths are like mini canals, they sit three inches below the level of the field.

“For 20 years this field has been redundant, you hardly saw a soul up their, but since the paths and the wheel it has been a very busy place again but these paths have not been laid properly.

“The council have a duty of care to men, women, children and elderly people using them, when this water freezes it is deadly.”

Mr Sergeant, who was brought up near the park, and walks his dog up there around 300 days a year added: “It is in shocking condition.

“I have run round the Guild Wheel and it isn’t like this anywhere else.

“All the other paths are nice and tarmaced.

“This is only a 400-metre stretch.

“There is more path under water than over water.

“I can accept the odd puddles but I can’t accept 40ft puddles.”

Mr Sergeant has been in contact with the council over the matter and has also walked around the route and filmed how deep the puddles are.

He said the only suitable footwear for the paths is wellingtons.

Mr Sergeant says he accepts that there has been bad weather in recent weeks but he claims had the path been laid ‘properly’ the current situation would be different.

A spokesman for Preston Council said: “We will be happy to meet Mr Sergeant to discuss the issues in that location.” The spokesman said he didn’t know whether or not the problem would be solved but that the council is happy to meet with Mr Sergeant.

 

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