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‘High weeds make Basildon cycle path unsafe’
A CYCLIST is warning others to beware of overgrown grass and weeds he says are causing a danger to cycle path users.
Paul Shelford, of Brackley Crescent, Basildon , says he cannot use the cycle path on Cranes Farm Road due to the height of the weeds which, in his opinion, could completely conceal the path soon, if they are not cut back.
Mr Shelford, 39, says he noticed the problem about six weeks ago and was worried about how it might affect his six-year-old son, Laurie, who is also a keen cyclist.
He said: “It is beyond me how Essex County Council hasn’t stepped in to sort this out. The grass is out of control and no cyclist can reasonably use this.
“The other day I was riding and came across another cyclist. I had to get off and wait for him to pass, because there was simply no room. That isn’t right, especially if children and young people want to cycle.”
Mr Shelford said he felt interest had been lost after the major roadworks to widen Cranes Farm Road last year.
“It is all very well spending millions on roadworks, but you need to look after the area once the work has been completed, otherwise it all seems rather pointless.
“The whole area, particularly the bottom of Cranes Farm Road leading to East Mayne, looks a real mess because of the weeds. It is about time it was sorted out.”
A Basildon cycle shop shares the view the cycle paths should be better maintained.
Matt Woods, assistant manager at Cycles UK Basildon, said: “There is no doubt some Basildon cycle paths aren’t looked after as roads are. Customers often come in complaining they have another flat tyre because of broken glass, and more so over the past couple of months. People want to feel comfortable cycling so we all need to get behind this.”
An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex Highways does acknowledge that in certain areas of the cycle path, the vegetation has become overgrown, and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to local residents.
“Essex Highways is working to determine the cutting schedule and areas for treatment along this route.”
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