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Layby is used
8:00am Monday 9th July 2012 in Letters
HAVING read the article in the Cotswold Journal with the headline ‘Eyesore layby to be tidied’ I must make my feelings clear.
Never has the word ‘eyesore’ been so misused.
It may be a little overgrown and in need of repair, but I am appalled by the comment from Councillor Helen Macklin that “I’m hoping to grass it all over and install wooden posts to stop cars going in there”. The main issue that I have with that sentence is that the area in question is a layby – by definition, a place for vehicles to pull in.
I use the layby regularly to use the footpaths on the Rissington Road.
Does Coun Macklin have any proposals for where I, and other footpath users and dog walkers, should park if the layby were closed?
People regularly picnic, stop over and use this pull-in, being one of the only a handful in the county that has not been filled, levelled and closed over the years.
I don’t think that this has anything to do with aesthetics. It is to do with snobbery and house prices, and God forbid any commoners or gipsies pull in occasionally and use it as it was intended.
I intend to fight any proposal to close this layby and have sent this letter to the relevant parties.
C A BUFFERY, Upper Rissington