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Long Rock, Mexico Inn

We have objected strongly to Cornwall Council’s order to close a vital footpath across the railway line near Penzance, Cornwall. This pedestrian crossing at the Mexico Inn, Long Rock, provides an important short-cut for walkers. The alternative route is nearly a kilometre long.

Cornwall Council is persisting with its plan to close the crossing, despite numerous objections when it consulted on the proposals earlier this year. Network Rail and the council claim the crossing is dangerous.

There is little if any evidence that the crossing is unsafe. The council has made no comparison with the danger of the alternative route, the busy narrow Marazion road, which walkers would be forced to use if the crossing were closed.

Walkers use the crossing regularly, at all times of year, and it is immensely important to the people of Long Rock and visitors from further afield, providing a direct route to and from the beach. It is safe provided one takes moderate care.

We are backing our member, the Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing in its campaign to save this ancient way from closure.

Objections to the order must be sent to Cornwall Council by 13 September.

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