Footpath closed for safety and a site visit has been carried out

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A Warkworth footpath has been closed on safety grounds and a site inspection has been carried out to see what work needs to be done.

Parts of Mill Walk have been shut to help clear a landslip and Northumberland County Council has said that it will work with the community to help reopen the stretch.

A county council spokesman said: “This is not a new landslip, the​ land​ suffered damage ​in 2008, but there was no public right of way recorded​.

“Now that the footpath is recorded, the council has made a temporary closure notice​ for public safety​.

“The closure affects the collapsed section and a further section of approximately 60 metres of the footpath to the west​.​

“We are aware that the footpath is popular and have carried out a site inspection to identify what works may be required to reinstate the collapsed section.

“While the county council has no duty to maintain the footpath, we will work with the local community through the parish council to repair and reopen the footpath, if they take the lead on securing funding and carrying out the necessary consultation work.”

The issue was discussed at last month’s Warkworth Parish Council. Chairman Jeff Watson said that he hoped that the closure would be respected as there had been some reports of trespass.

There was some concern from members of the public, who claimed that shutting the stretch was unnecessary, but Coun Watson said this had not been a parish council decision.

At the meeting, it was reported that a residents’ group was being formed and talks had been held with the county council about working with the authority to clear the obstruction.