It has been a good wee while since I awarded one of my prestigious, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Awards.
This week it goes to the Peak District National Trust and Derbyshire County Council.
Well, for many centuries tourists and ramblers have crossed the River Dove using stepping stones.
However, Nanny in the shape of Derbyshire County Council decided that the stones were just too dangerous.
Her solution to this "vexing" health and safety issue?
To place ugly, flat limestone blocks on top of the stones.
The council blame the National Trust, the Telegraph quotes a council spokesman:
"The stepping stones at Dovedale are a public right of way and get a high volume of visitors every day
Over the years the high usage has worn the stones and together with the changing river bed level this meant there was a large discrepancy in the crossing's level from bank to bank.
Some stones were above the water level and others would be flooded, particularly in winter.
The National Trust asked us to look at the stepping stones. We have levelled the stones and brought them up to a consistent height so they are now all at the same level as the highest existing stone.
We are sorry to hear some people do not like them. We have had positive comments from the public and the National Trust."
Michael Innerdale, general manager for the Peak District National Trust, said:
"We feel the work carried out by the county council has improved the condition of the stepping stones, making them more accessible for our visitors.
Derbyshire limestone has been used to repair the stones and in time the stones will weather in appearance."
The regular walkers in the area think that both the council and National trust are a bunch of prats.
So do I!
Peak District National Trust and Derbyshire County Council, well desrving Prats of The Week!
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