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New footpath unpopular with county councillor
A NEW path put in place to improve access for disabled people across a village common has been branded 'lunacy' by a county councillor.
The path, which runs across West Common in Gerrards Cross to help disabled people in wheelchairs get across the common and to enjoy Latchmore Pond has met with disapproval by Bucks County Council transport chief Peter Hardy.
The £30,000 path which was proposed by the Chiltern Cheshire Care Home in Packhorse Road and implemented by the parish council, was dubbed 'lunacy' by Mr Hardy on his Twitter account.
Following the news that the parish council was considering buying iPads for its members, Mr Hardy wrote: "Gerrards Cross parish councillors to get iPads. £6k wasted to add to £30k for new, unwanted paths on the Common. Austerity? More like lunacy."
In an earlier tweet he wrote: "Why has Gerrards Cross parish council spent £30k on a new path across the Common that nobody wants? Lunatic!"
However, the parish council defended the move, saying it believed the paths would be of great benefit to people in the village, and would help out people in wheelchairs who had struggled to enjoy the area.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: "I've seen Peter Hardy's comments and I was a bit surprised by them.
"We don't see it as a waste of money at all. The idea has been brought up before, and we thought that now was a good time to do it.
"It will really help disabled people, who should be able to enjoy the common as much as everyone else."
Mr Hardy told the Advertiser that his tweets are his own personal views.
He said: "They are my opinions as a resident of Gerrards Cross, and are not the views of the county council."
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