by Ian Yuill on 11 February, 2018
The barriers which have been blocking the footpath from South Anderson Drive to Holburn Street have finally been removed – months after they were first put up without permission by a neighbouring business.
Different reasons for the barriers being put up have been given over the last few months – anti-social behaviour, a dangerous building and, most recently, the legal status of the area.
Much of the area which was blocked off is owned by the council and the footpath has been used by people for very many years.
The council’s legal staff contacted the business in early January to tell it to remove the barriers by the end of January. As the barriers were still in place in early February I urged that the council remove the barriers itself – and this has now been done.
I have now contacted a senior council manager and asked that, should this problem happen again, action is taken much more quickly to reopen the footpath.
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