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Walker is unhappy at National Trust’s decision not to protect children’s safety

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire man says he is unhappy with the National Trust’s decision not to carry out a further risk assessment on one of its Calke Abbey trails.

Paul Liversuch from Newhall has expressed his concern at the lack of railing or fencing around one of the old lime kilns in Ticknall while out walking in the area with his wife last week.

Although a small bridge has been built over the hole allowing visitors to walk across it and look down, there is no barrier around the perimeter to ensure people don’t fall in while peering over the edge.

Mr Liversuch said he estimated that the hole was about 20 feet deep and was a potential hazard to people visiting the area. He told the Mail: “When we saw the hole was unguarded, both my wife and I were absolutely amazed. We both said to one another that a child or elderly person could easily fall down it.”

He said he was so concerned that he contacted the National Trust shortly afterwards to ask if they would conduct a risk assessment and consider putting up a fence.

Mr Liversuch said: “In my opinion it’s up to the National Trust to take some responsibility for the area and make sure that visitors to the area are safe.”

“However they told me that if they put a fence up around one of the holes, then they would have to do it for all others and that wouldn’t be happening.”

“It completely baffles me that they aren’t prepared to put up some fencing to prevent possible accidents. We all know that children don’t always behave in a rational way, running around in open areas like that.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before a child accidently falls down one of the holes and I dread to think what the outcome will be.”

A spokesperson for the National Trust said: “We have listened to the concerns raised by Mr Liversuch. However we are satisfied that the current practice is in line with the requirements set out by the Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group.”

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