Wednesday, 19 January 2011
I can’t say I am too keen on the new metalwork in Denton Woods (update 21/01)
Many of the fences/gates are now in the process of being painted. This does definitely reduce their impact on the scenery.
I know what the idea of all this new metalwork in Denton Woods is about - but it will never work - and it is an eyesore completely out of keeping with the environment in which it has been placed.
During the last year or so there has been confrontations between walkers, cyclists and horse riders with youths on small off-road motorcycles and quads. The complaints are largely unjustified in my opinion because I have always found the youths on the motorbikes and quads to be extremely polite and courteous. When ever they encountered me and the dog they always slowed down as to not cause alarm and unlike some of miserable so-and-sos’ who I have encountered in the woods they were near enough always cheerful.
So this metalwork is designed to keep off-road motorcycles out of the woods. It will never work because these type of bikes can go virtually anywhere and despite the effort and expense of installing these gates and fences the bikes will just go round them and create new paths - you watch and see.
Despite my dislike of these new additions to the woods I must congratulate the Tameside Council for awarding the contract to a truly local company - Anvil Masters of Denton. They have done a great job of the installation - it’s just a pity there wasn’t a way to make them blend into the surroundings a little better.