HC Deb 21 January 1998 vol 304 cc546-7W
Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received about footpath I18 in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire; and if he will make a statement. [23830]

Angela Eagle

Ten representations have been received about Leicestershire County Council's temporary closure of footpath I18. I understand that the closure is necessary because a retaining wall next to the footpath is in a dangerous condition but that there is a legal dispute between the County Council, Railtrack and private residents about who is responsible for the works. I also understand that the County Council is considering taking legal proceedings to require the works to be carried out and in the meantime is considering interim engineering proposals that may enable the footpath to be reopened pending those works.