A DANGEROUS footpath is taking 'too long to repair' risking the lives of anyone who tries to walk on it.

A resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BFP how the footpath on Woodside Close, Amersham on the Hill, has been left damaged for nearly two months.

The neighbour first reported the trip hazard pavement to Fix My Street, the council's incidents reporting website, on Saturday, July 30.

He has criticised the council for their long delay in fixing the pavement after he was told it would take "16 weeks to repair".

He said: "Bucks Council say 16 weeks to complete repair!

"This section of footpath outside the public toilets on Woodside Close in Amersham on the Hill has been in this state for over two months now, and is a danger to anyone trying to walk across it, let alone those in wheelchairs, buggies, or the poorly-sighted.

"I appreciate that the Council have a lot of calls on their resources, but this is a dangerous situation in the heart of Amersham, on a heavily used footpath.

"It was first reported to Fixmystreet on July 30 and has been extensively publicised on local social media, and our local councillors have all been asked to chase it up but two months down the line, still nothing has happened.

"The latest update on Fixmystreet says 'An order has been raised to repair the defect reported, this will be a permanent repair to be carried out within the next 16 weeks.' - 16 WEEKS!

"Please can you include this in your next issue to try to shame the Council into fixing it properly - not the quick bit of asphalt that they've done 2 or 3 times before!"

Buckinghamshire Council explained the road had been damaged by vehicles. 

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "We understand residents' concerns about the pathway in Woodside Close, which, after inspection, appears to have been damaged by vehicles.

"We will fix the damage within the next few weeks. In the meantime, our Highway Safety team will place cones around the damaged area to keep it safe for pedestrians."