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Millenium Walkway closes on safety grounds

Derbyshire County Council has temporarily closed the Millenium Walkway on safety grounds.

The commemorative pathway in the Goyt Valley Gorge, New Mills, was shut yesterday (Thursday 30 August) because a persistent drainage issue is now presenting a hazard for people wanting to use the bridge.

The entire walkway – opened in 2000 to mark the turn of the century - has been cordoned off until further notice while investigations into the cause of the overflow are carried out.

A diversion is in place along Footpath 96, Station Road, Rock Mill Lane towards Torrs Riverside Park and vice versa.

The council will be in discussions with Network Rail – whose land the drain is on – United Utilities, which is responsible for other drains in the area and High Peak Borough Council’s environmental health team. A meeting will be held at the earliest available date to identify how the problem can be fixed. 

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to take this action but the leak is getting worse and we need to close the walkway for safety reasons until the problem is resolved.

“A meeting has been called with all the organisations involved so we can get this issue sorted and reopen the walkway as soon as possible.”

Councillor Spencer added: “We apologise for any convenience that this closure may cause.”