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Local footpath continues to be used as a toilet

Health hazard still litters public right of way


The start of the footpath, regularly fouled with human excrement  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
The start of the footpath, regularly fouled with human excrement
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

Despite repeated visits by police, and signs being erected by Hertfordshire County Council, a popular local footpath continues to be soiled with human faeces. The health hazard has remained unresolved for more than four months.

The path runs from opposite the Esso garage at the junction of Woodside Lane and the Great North Road (A1000).

Warning sign at the  start of the footpath  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
Warning sign at the  start of the footpath
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons

The county council has put signs at the start of North Mymms footpath 66 asking people not to use the public right of way as a toilet, but the notices are being ignored.

Evidence of toilet paper and human waste is visible on both sides of the path just after the entrance to the field.

The issue was first raised on this site in October last year when signs appealing to people not to use the path as a public toilet were taken down.

Police and officials from Hertfordshire County Council visited the site on a number of occasions and spoke to people suspected of using the hedgerow as a toilet.

Areas affected by the problem marked in red and the footpath in green  Image created on Map Hub © Mapbox, © Open Street Map, © Digital Globe
Areas affected by the problem marked in red, the footpath is marked in green
Image created on Map Hub © Mapbox, © Open Street Map, © Digital Globe

The footpath features on a number of walks on our other site, Hertfordshire Walker, including walks 19, 23, 24, and 73. Local ramblers might want to avoid the footpath until the situation is resolved.

The soiled footpath from Woodside Lane to Grubbs Lane  Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons
The soiled footpath from Woodside Lane to Grubbs Lane
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons




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