Footpath danger for churchgoers kept in the dark

LET THERE BE LIGHTS -- St Katherine's Church in Teversal, to where the dark and dangerous footpath leads.
LET THERE BE LIGHTS -- St Katherine's Church in Teversal, to where the dark and dangerous footpath leads.

Churchgoers in Teversal are praying for lighting to be restored on a dangerous footpath -- before there is a serious accident.

“Someone will be killed sooner or later,” warns Richard Goad, chairman of the Friends Of Teversal organisation.

The footpath is a public right of way that sits between Buttery lane and the main entrance to the historic church.

But two overhead street-lights do not work, and local councils are refusing to take responsibility for maintaining them.

Now, with the clocks set to go back in a month’s time and the dark nights of winter drawing in, villagers fear that churchgoers walking to and from services could come a cropper.

“People are getting quite worried about walking along there,” said Mr Goad. “The path itself is quite safe, but you could easily wander into the trees that run either side of it.

“Ashfield District Council says it used to look after the lights, but only on a grace-and-favour basis. When responsibility for street lights was passed on to Notts County Council, apparently these lights were left off the schedule in error.

“When a serious accident happens, who will take responsibility? It seems a classic case of councils passing the buck and washing their hands of it.

“I can’t even find out where the lights are wired to. The land is owned by Teversal Manor, but the lights aren’t connected to their system.”

The mystery deepened this week when a spokesman for the county council said: “We are aware of this complaint, but the lights aren’t ours. We don’t maintain them or pay for their electricity.

“Our lighting team has tried to establish ownership, but Ashfield says they are not theirs either.”