Public money is to be spent demolishing wall to lay 'path to nowhere'
A PUB landlord says he can't believe Cornwall Council plans to move one of its outside walls 1.2 metres to put in a footpath that will "go nowhere".
Paul Green, 55, who runs the Plume of Feathers in Penhallow near Perranporth, said he was angry at the council's plans to knock down a wall, only to rebuild it a few feet away so a short length of pavement can be laid.
Two years ago, with the council's permission, Mr Green built a small wall to prevent cars coming along the A3075 hitting one corner of the pub.
He said he was shocked to discover Cornwall Council would be paying to knock down the existing wall and rebuild it on Monday.
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"I can't understand why Cornwall Council would spend money on this," said Mr Green.
"They'd be better off spending the public's money on more important things like the roads."
A 20ft length of pavement will also be built alongside the wall, despite the fact that there is no path beside the road for miles.
"It's crazy," said Mr Green. "The closest pathway is five miles in either direction. I could understand if they were putting in a path all the way to Goonhavern, but they're not. This path will go nowhere.
"It's a waste of public money when the council are saying they don't have money to do this, that and the other."
As the West Briton went to press the council had yet to reveal how much the work was costing.
In a statement, it said: "This has been a long-running issue which was finally resolved last year following a meeting between the council and the landlord. As a result works to set back the wall are due to begin on September 23. As agreed with the landlord, these will be funded by the council."