A petition has been started by a resident living on Keswick’s Calvert Way in a bid to improve pathways around the 55-home development.
Franchesca Robson, 33, said that there are a number of health, safety and welfare concerns about access and egress on to the estate which she claims has been heightened since the opening of the Keswick to Threlkeld trail.
She says that the increase in footfall through and around the estate is degenerating the paths even further.
She said that the routes onto the estate have always been of a low standard with the paths made from thin wooden frames and packed with hardcore rubble.
“The paths on the estate have always been of poor quality,” said Franchesca, who has undergone spinal surgery.
“They are made up of boards of wood packed with stone and the manhole covers are up and raised because stones are all over the place and the boards are coming apart and rotting.
“It has always been difficult moving around and its become worse and worse because the Keswick to Threlkeld path has opened up again and the path on the outside of the estate has collapsed and become very dangerous.
“It’s a public byway through the estate and it’s a path that has to be maintained by the landowners to a suitable standard.
“We have a number of families with young children, elderly and disabled people, myself included, who live here and find it very difficult to get on and off the estate because of the hazardous state of the paths.”
“It is important that the access and egress routes are repaired and improved without delay to prevent avoidable accident or injury.”
Her petition is to be sent to the Impact Housing Association, Keswick Community Housing and Atkinson’s Builders.