Fears over safety on Gloucester footpath where trees block out light
WORRIED Elmbridge residents fear a poorly lit lane near the Leazes estate could be providing the perfect hiding place for would-be attackers.
A footpath between Cheltenham Road and the Leazes estate has been in a poor state of repair for months, according to residents there who say fly-tipping in the area is also encouraging rats.
Work to replace faulty lamp posts has been carried out, but over grown trees are now blocking out the light so the pathway remains dark at night.
Des Trehearne, who lives in nearby Little Elmbridge, says the lane is regularly used by pensioners and children walking to and from Sir Thomas Rich's school.
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"The place is in a disgusting state," he said.
"It has been like that for months now and the council refuses to do anything about it, even though rats have been seen there.
"Work by contractors to change the lamp posts was never completed properly. The lane is poorly lit and this is becoming a problem at night.
"There has been another rape in Gloucester recently, we would hate it if that path was the scene of another attack.
"Something needs to be done, and fast. I don't want to be reading that someone has been attacked there."
Des has written a letter to the city council, demanding action is taken to clean up the area.
He says Environmental Health Inspectors have been contacted but still nothing has been done.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "This is an issue that was raised with us on Monday. An engineer has been sent to survey the lane today to see what work needs to be done and our contractor will visit tomorrow."