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Narrow track on new estate just path-etic, say residents

Balancing act: A
resident walks
along the track,
and a warning
sign (below) to
stay off the grass

TAKE a walk on the tight side… a housing company has been slammed for creating ‘Britain’s most pointless footpath’, which is just over a foot wide.

The path, just broad enough to stand on, has been ridiculed by residents of the Walton Gate development in Felixstowe, Suffolk, who are also warned to ‘keep off the grass’.

Described as ‘one of things police make you walk along to check whether you’re drunk’, the tracks built by Barratt Homes run on both sides of the road.

Resident Ken Knights said it left ‘no safe way to leave your home unless you drive’, while Elvita Branch added: ‘This is Britain’s most pointless pathway.

‘The path is just for one person to walk on, no way two people could walk on it, or a mother push her pram.’

A photo of the path was posted on the Facebook page FelixstoweNews with the question: ‘When is a path not a path?’

Angela Ashford answered: ‘That’s not a path at all, it’s a wide curb… dangerous for any users… once the hedge has grown it will be non existent… quite pathetic.’

Tessa Aston mused ‘maybe it’s enforced tightrope walking training’. And Lynn Morrissey simply described it as ‘Ridiculous, no brains’.

Barratt said most of the roads on the 190-property development did have footpaths.

It added: ‘We have designed and constructed the roads at Walton Gate in line with Suffolk Highways specifications and they have been vetted and approved by Suffolk Highways, who will be adopting the road network once the development is complete.’