1:41pm Friday 6th September 2013
I REFER to a letter from Cllr Rob Lewis, deputy leader of Pembrokeshire County Council (Letters, August 28),in reply to mine re issues arising from the increased use by cyclists of the pathway through the Neyland wildlife reserve.
He gives a glowing account of many topics within his own responsibility.
I have no problem at all with the popularity of the pathway, nor with its use by cyclists –nor, for that matter, by walkers, runners, anglers, birdwatchers, the old, the young, the disabled, the obese, or anyone else.
The problem is that there is not room for increasing numbers of all of them, and cyclists at 30mph do not mix easily with the disabled, the elderly, prams or dogs. As the path becomes ever more popular, there will sooner or later be an accident.
Cllr Lewis says it is a shareduse pathway, and that “most people tend to be reasonable”.
Then why not try that on the roads?
He claims the vegetation next to the pathway is well managed. It is a wilderness, and will now require major surgery to get it back under control. It hasn’t been cut for months, and now extends beyond the path edge by a factor of feet.
He claims that the majority of residents express a high level of satisfaction. I am a resident, no-one has ever asked me, and of a few people spoken to this week, nor had any of them been asked either.
Cyclists clad in Lycra, with crash-helmet, map and water bottle, are not the anti- obesity brigade – they are sportsmen, and good luck to them, but not in an area long established as a peaceful refuge for those of all ages seeking peace and quiet.
I did ask if a risk assessment of this development had ever been made, and if not, why? I remain of the view that an accident will happen sooner or later, I have already had near-misses myself, and now avoid the path at peak periods.
This resident is indeed not expressing a high level of satisfaction.
DAVID LEMON, Neyland
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