RUTHIN and District Civic Association have expressed concerns about the prolonged closure of an important pedestrian thoroughfare.
Cunning Green path, that runs from the gates of Ruthin Castle to the banks of the Clwyd, was closed by the council on May 17, 2013, after the collapse of a section of the castle walls.
Miles Anderson, secretary of Ruthin District and Civic Association, said: “As we approach the height of the tourist season, the continued closure of this path is a considerable loss of an important historic amenity at the heart of the town.
“Residents also are concerned at the lack of progress in opening one of their favourite walkways.”
“We understand there is a dispute over the insurance implications between the owners of this particular section of the wall and Denbighshire County Council.
“More than twelve months has now elapsed and there is no evidence of any prospect for the reopening of the Cunning Green.”
Mohammed Mehmet, Chief Executive of Denbighshire Council said: "The section of wall that collapsed last year, which is also a listed structure, does not belong to the Council.
“Our engineers, having inspected the whole wall, are concerned that it remains unstable until it is either supported or repaired. Any such works the owner undertakes will need to satisfy the requirements for reinstating a protected feature.
“We now have concerns over a separate section of the same wall which, although standing, is also showing signs of instability that should be investigated as quickly as possible to make the whole wall safe so that the path can be opened at the earliest opportunity.
“Because of the uncertainty of the stability of the wall, even though we have now cleared much of the debris, we could not re-open the path due to the potential risk of a further collapse, which, with the wall being a substantial structure above the path, may cause significant injury if it was being used at the time.”
Mike Hodgkinson, who runs The Star pub on Clwyd Street said: “The closure of the path is affecting business, we're missing out on a lot because of it. We're the oldest tavern in Ruthin and because part of the route is closed lots of people don't come as far as here.”