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Tipton residents hit out as path closed over to anti-social behaviour

By Thomas Parkes | Tipton | News | Published:

Residents are up in arms after council bosses closed down a footpath which elderly people and parents rely on.

Rose Gaynor, of Tibbington Residents Association member, with fellow Tipton residents

Campaigners say the path, based just off Central Avenue, Tipton, should be reopened after it was closed.

A petition was launched to get it reopened, attracting 250 signatures.

WATCH: Residents protest path closure

Residents stage alleyway protest in Tipton

But Sandwell Council said the path had been blocked due to anti-social behaviour.

Rose Gaynor, who started the petition, said: “It’s causing a lot of problems because children have to walk to school.

“Their excuse was that they found needles in the gulley and this is the same old story.

“It’s causing a lot of heartache to a lot of people. It’s not just one person, it’s everyone that’s suffering.”

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Rose Gaynor started the petition

Ms Gaynor, a Tibbington Residents Association member, said: “It’s been used everyday until last summer.

"They waited for the children to break up then they closed it and we’ve been fighting to keep it open ever since. We want it open in the day.

“I’ve lived here most of my life and we all want to see the footpath reopened.”

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The closed path

Councillor David Hosell, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “The gates were installed to block off this alleyway last year.

“This was done to prevent anti-social behaviour, which over a number of years has included people riding motorbikes illegally, fly-tipping and causing criminal damage to vehicles.

“We have tried a number of alternative measures to deal with this issue, however, this solution now seems the only way to ensure the area remains safe, particularly for those who live closest to the alleyway.”

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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