Cycle paths danger alert
PUBLISHED: 16:09 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19: EXMOUTH cyclists are complaining about the state of the town's cycle paths - claiming they are dangerously overgrown. Cyclists say the council paths are 'an accident waiting to happen' because brambles and nettles are causing them to swerve to avoid being
EXMOUTH cyclists are complaining about the state of the town's cycle paths - claiming they are dangerously overgrown.Cyclists say the council paths are 'an accident waiting to happen' because brambles and nettles are causing them to swerve to avoid being stung or scratched.Mrs Veronica Endecott, of Pound Lane, needed hospital treatment after she claims she fell off her bike because of loose debris, stinging nettles and brambles opposite the Marles."I spent four hours in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. I had an x-ray on my knee, stitches in my nose and I'm waiting for the bruising to go down to see if my nose is broken. If it is, I might need more treatment," she said."I went to the council offices to complain and was told there have been other complaints. They told me the cutting of hedges was contracted out. I can't understand why the town looks good for holidaymakers, but our overgrown cycle and walking paths are a disgrace."Night porter Russell Buer, 50, of Featherstone Lane, regularly cycles along the path adjacent to Exmouth's railway line.He claims the track has become so overgrown the plants are taller than him and his bike.He said the overgrown path would be a death trap once the winter nights drew in and visibility was impaired.He said he was wiling to sue the council if he had an accident on the path because of overgrown foliage."It's a disgrace. The plants are forming a tunnel. It's like a jungle trail. I could take a machete with me, but I don't think the police would be too happy about that."If another person goes past, you have to pull over and stop. You can't go past each other because it's too overgrown."Devon County Council (DCC) said its workers had now cut back the weeds and grass as part of their regular programme."The wet and warm weather this summer has caused everything to grow bigger and faster than normal but we are doing all we can to keep everywhere looking neat and tidy, particularly as it is now the height of the tourist season," said a DCC spokeswoman.