Fury as historic Kendal stile is removed

Local resident and dog owner Peter Nicholson at the site of the now demolished stile

Local resident and dog owner Peter Nicholson at the site of the now demolished stile

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN ‘ANCIENT’ stile has been removed from a public right of way in Kendal.

The stile behind Dean Gibson School on the Collinfield estate was bulldozed by Cumbria Highways, but both Kendal Civic Society and residents say they were not properly consulted.

Kendal Civic Society’s Tony Rothwell, who lives on Collin Road, said: “It was a very historic stile and the second one that’s been removed.

“It is part of the original Collinfield estate and I’d say the enclosure was built about 200 or 300 years ago.”

The removal was conducted by Cumbria Highways as the result of a campaign by the Mayor of Kendal, Coun Sylvia Emmott.

Ms Emmott said: “Not only did we do legal consultation, I went above and beyond that by sending a leaflet to around 1,000 properties, plus a subsequent letter to the residents in the street.

“The vast majority of residents I have spoken to have been pleased with the proposed change, but I’m always happy to speak to anyone about concerns they may have.”

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But residents claim they only saw a poster about a week before, notifying the community of the removal that one, Peter Nicholson, has branded as an act of ‘rural vandalism’.

Mr Nicholson said: “I found it very useful as a dog owner and when walking with my well-trained terriers they would always halt at the narrow style.

“I understand the new arrangements will have no impact on the control of dogs on a busy road and will encourage cyclists to use this very narrow path.”

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said the structure was not listed or scheduled and so Kendal Civic Society was not a statutory consultee.

The council added that some of the stone was being made into a bench and Countryside Access was doing work on the footpath to make easier access.

Trevor Hughes, also of Kendal Civic Society, said: “We would have come up with a plan to save it, as now a little bit of our heritage has disappeared. “They could have widened one side of it but it’s too late, it’s gone now.”

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1:29am Wed 14 May 14

Kentish Man says...

Who needs vandals when they have the Mayor of Kendal, Coun Sylvia Emmott to do the dirty deeds.
Who needs vandals when they have the Mayor of Kendal, Coun Sylvia Emmott to do the dirty deeds. Kentish Man
  • Score: 19

11:29am Wed 14 May 14

greenbell says...

The Council never seem to consult anybody about anything, they just bulldoze their way through so what's new with this one.
The Council never seem to consult anybody about anything, they just bulldoze their way through so what's new with this one. greenbell
  • Score: 6

5:22pm Wed 14 May 14

mrsbloody angry says...

Same old stuff...the feelings of the general public are tossed to one side.
Same old stuff...the feelings of the general public are tossed to one side. mrsbloody angry
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Wed 14 May 14

I know nothing says...

Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed?
Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed? I know nothing
  • Score: -3

7:49am Thu 15 May 14

PeterRogerson says...

I know nothing wrote:
Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed?
Why would she having just demolished this one?
[quote][p][bold]I know nothing[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed?[/p][/quote]Why would she having just demolished this one? PeterRogerson
  • Score: 1

8:46am Thu 15 May 14

greenbell says...

No one seems to know why this stile was demolished, any comments on this?
No one seems to know why this stile was demolished, any comments on this? greenbell
  • Score: 1

9:33am Thu 15 May 14

I know nothing says...

PeterRogerson wrote:
I know nothing wrote:
Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed?
Why would she having just demolished this one?
Because it was not hers to demolish.
[quote][p][bold]PeterRogerson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I know nothing[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Coun. Emmott should pay for another one to be installed?[/p][/quote]Why would she having just demolished this one?[/p][/quote]Because it was not hers to demolish. I know nothing
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Thu 15 May 14

Red Doc says...

I'm afraid Sylvia Emmott & her cronies think they own this town. They are destroying its history & green spaces with no regard to anyone but their own little empire building. THERE'S AN ELECTION NEXT WEEK!!!!
I'm afraid Sylvia Emmott & her cronies think they own this town. They are destroying its history & green spaces with no regard to anyone but their own little empire building. THERE'S AN ELECTION NEXT WEEK!!!! Red Doc
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Thu 15 May 14

I know nothing says...

Red Doc wrote:
I'm afraid Sylvia Emmott & her cronies think they own this town. They are destroying its history & green spaces with no regard to anyone but their own little empire building. THERE'S AN ELECTION NEXT WEEK!!!!
That might be a reason why she was involved in demolishing the stile!
[quote][p][bold]Red Doc[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid Sylvia Emmott & her cronies think they own this town. They are destroying its history & green spaces with no regard to anyone but their own little empire building. THERE'S AN ELECTION NEXT WEEK!!!![/p][/quote]That might be a reason why she was involved in demolishing the stile! I know nothing
  • Score: -1

12:34pm Sat 17 May 14

nathan24 says...

The stile was demolished because it served no purpose. It was impossible to get through unless you were slim and able to contort yourself through it, and there was no livestock to hold back. Notice was served on this path, and everybody who walks through it says how much better it is that it has been removed. The residents of the houses which the stile was attached to were extremely happy with the work being done, and offered no protest. The path is better for its removal, and can now be enjoyed by everyone who walks it, as it means that access is easier and more convenient, thanks to walkers with prams/wheelchairs not having to walk right down the hill to have to come back up to get five metres away from where they were in the first place.
The stile could also not have been widened, as it was so big on either side that it would still have been difficult to get through.
The stile was demolished because it served no purpose. It was impossible to get through unless you were slim and able to contort yourself through it, and there was no livestock to hold back. Notice was served on this path, and everybody who walks through it says how much better it is that it has been removed. The residents of the houses which the stile was attached to were extremely happy with the work being done, and offered no protest. The path is better for its removal, and can now be enjoyed by everyone who walks it, as it means that access is easier and more convenient, thanks to walkers with prams/wheelchairs not having to walk right down the hill to have to come back up to get five metres away from where they were in the first place. The stile could also not have been widened, as it was so big on either side that it would still have been difficult to get through. nathan24
  • Score: 10

3:29pm Sat 17 May 14

Spotty Fish says...

So there you go! Thank you nathan24. Nothing sinister, nothing political about it. Just common sense making things better for everyone.

If only they showed such common sense when they were deciding to introduce on street parking charges!
So there you go! Thank you nathan24. Nothing sinister, nothing political about it. Just common sense making things better for everyone. If only they showed such common sense when they were deciding to introduce on street parking charges! Spotty Fish
  • Score: 2

11:53am Sun 18 May 14

snuggle-bunny says...

the can be sacked at the ballot box- use your vote accordingly and remember that voter apathy is the politicians greatest allie.
the can be sacked at the ballot box- use your vote accordingly and remember that voter apathy is the politicians greatest allie. snuggle-bunny
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Sun 18 May 14

Spotty Fish says...

The politicians themselves seem very apathetic in Kendal. I emailed my councillor (using the SLDC website) twice in April regarding on street parking charges, and I'm still waiting for a reply! Taking their positions for granted me thinks.
The politicians themselves seem very apathetic in Kendal. I emailed my councillor (using the SLDC website) twice in April regarding on street parking charges, and I'm still waiting for a reply! Taking their positions for granted me thinks. Spotty Fish
  • Score: -3

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