Paths bid to tackle obesity

Obesity problem in Worksop.
Obesity problem in Worksop.

A share of £500,000 is to be spent on improving pavements in Stapleford in a bid to encourage walking and tackle levels of obesity.

Nottinghamshire County Council identified four towns that will benefit from improvements to footpaths.

The areas, which also include Eastwood and Brinsley, were chosen using what the authority has called ‘obesity prevalence data’.

The council gave the go ahead to the scheme at a transport and highways committee meeting on July 6.

In its proposals the council states that work is underway to identify footways to shops, schools and other facilities in specific housing estates to encourage people to be more active and therefore help tackle obesity.

Richard MacRae, who runs the Stapleford Community Group, said: “They shouldn’t judge people on weight. Not everyone sits there filling their face with doughnuts every day.

“But anything that they are doing to improve Stapleford is definitely a good thing. If they are going to use the excuse that there are a lot of fat people about then that’s fine.

“Any reason is good if it means the council spending money to improve the town.

“If Stapleford is going to get new pavements, it’s brilliant.”

He added that he thought a lot of the damage was caused by cars parked on pavements on streets such as Rowan Avenue and Ilkeston Road.

The £500,000 is part of a £2 million package of Government funding which was awarded to the authority. The other areas are East Retford and Central Newark.

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