Bridleway shut after 'broken glass' mix up

PUBLISHED: 12:03 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:50 03 September 2019

The footpath is in Brockley Combe. Picture: Google Maps (stock image)

The footpath is in Brockley Combe. Picture: Google Maps (stock image)


Broken glass showering a woodland bridleway has forced health and safety officers to close it, following a mix up over resurfacing the path.

The public footpath, which runs through Brockley Combe, has been blocked off and a notice put up prohibiting access to pedestrians and horse-riders for the time being.

North Somerset Council's officers took the decision to close the right of way as a precaution at the end of August.

The council's spokesman said: "The new owner of the woodland has laid a new road surface in part of the woodland.

"The supplier of the stone sent a rouge load to the site which contained glass and other material unsuitable for a bridleway surface.

"The council is in communication with the landowner to resolve the issue but has in the meantime decided to temporarily close the route to the public as a precautionary measure.

"We are unable to provide a date for reopening at this stage."

The notice, dated August 20, says the order will last for 'no more than 21 days'.

However, a new order could be put up at the end of next week to extend the closure, if the problem has not be resolved to the council's satisfaction.

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