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Safety at risk on pathway
12:17pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Salisbury Letters
I WOULD like, in the strongest way possible, to complain about the stretch of path outside The Old Mill public house, in Harnham.
This stretch of the path, of approximately 70 yards, used to be cycle free; due to health and safety issues I presume.
This was lifted, and now people are able to ride on the path ‘with caution’.
Recently, I took my three-year-old grandson and four-month-old puppy to the Old Mill for a nice relaxing time with family.
Firstly, my puppy was knocked down by a cyclist, causing her pain and distress.
The cyclist was travelling at speed and ‘without caution’.
Thankfully, and purely by luck, there was no serious injury.
Secondly, on numerous occasions my grandson has been nearly hit by cyclists.
There is no safety barrier between the path and river, with a sheer drop of 7ft on to the riverbed and concrete.
Thirdly, I have also witnessed, in the past, a little girl being knocked over by a cyclist.
The potential for serious injury to human or animal, is very evident and distressing.
I implore that this arrangement with cyclists is reviewed in order to alleviate any potential injuries to others.
ANTONY BOUGHTON, Salisbury
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