Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Canal Authority has taken notice of Banbury towpath safety concerns

(l. to r) Jenny Ratcliff, Surinder Dhesi

(l. to r) Jenny Ratcliff, Surinder Dhesi

Residents at Chamberlain Court, opposite Castle Quay, approached their local councillor because they were worried that a serious accident might happen due to speeding cyclists along the towpath.

Labour Cllr Surinder Dhesi took up their concerns with the Canal and River Trust who have now have posted signs asking cyclists to slow down and “Share the Space’.

Chamberlain Court resident Jenny Ratcliff said, “There are often groups of young cyclists racing along the towpath and I’m worried that some of our residents if taken by surprise could be injured or end up in the canal.”

Cllr Surinder Dhesi said, “We want cyclists to enjoy the towpath but some need to be more aware of pedestrians, particularly frail ones.”

A spokesperson for the Canal Trust said, “We are holding a ‘Share the Space’ event on the towpath on the morning of Tuesday 27th September to raise awareness of our towpath code. This forms part of a National Campaign week in which we will promote cyclists slowing down and pedestrians taking care on towpaths around the county.”

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