Public meeting called to discuss Matlock Bath rock face progress

The District Council has scheduled a public meeting next week to update traders and the general public on progress making safe a deteriorating Matlock Bath rock face that has forced the closure of an historic footpath 60 metres below.

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Lovers Walks sign 300pxLovers' Walks, including a children's play area and nearby hillside walks, are out of bounds after a geological report found loose rocks represented a risk to users.

The footpath closure also has a potential impact on the District Council's Matlock Bath Illuminations annual festival, which is due to take place from 12 September to 31 October, as Lovers' Walks are an emergency evacuation route.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"We are working hard with a number of agencies, including Natural England, and are in discussion with specialist contractors to make the rock face safe. Our primary concern is to get the Lovers' Walks reopened in time for the Illuminations.

"While there is nothing new to report right now, we have called the public meeting to give local people, traders and regular users including climbers, canoeists and anglers an update on the progress we have made by next Wednesday."

And the District Council is urging people to observe the closure signs for the time being. The spokesperson added:

"We have closed the footpaths because we believe there could be a danger to the public from falling rocks. Unfortunately a small minority of people are ignoring the signs, which potentially creates a problem not only for them, but for others."

The public meeting will take place at the Grand Pavilion Pump Room in Matlock Bath at 7pm on Wednesday 24 June. Everyone is welcome.


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