YOBS are terrorising workers and the public on Chester’s multi-million pound Millenium Greenway path.
Last year, the latest extension to the Greenway, costing £1.6m, was completed and lauded as the final piece in the jigsaw of a scheme that has taken 10 years to build.
But workers on the latest improvements, Bolton contractors AE Yates, have been subjected to a campaign of abuse, intimidation and violence by local youths.
The contractors are in the middle of an eight-week scheme to build a ramp and steps linking the Deva Link Road to the cyclepath and the closed section stretches from Northgate Ponds on Brook Lane to the canal access point past the University.
The workmen have been pelted with makeshift missiles, and been on the receiving end of foul-mouthed tirrades.
A worker on the site said at about 3.30pm on one day a gang of yobs, aged around 16 and 17, threw bricks at him and his colleagues and dropped a road sign from the bridge.
He said: “If there’d been pedestrians or cars there would have been a fatality.
“The bricks were inches away from us and some were coming over the bridge. I can’t believe none hit a car.
“We phoned the police and watched them for a mile and a half and the police still couldn’t get here.
“If you were to physically get hold of them and stop them you would have the police on you.
“We’re here to try to protect them and warn them but all you get is a load of abuse.”
Steve Howe, of Brookes Avenue, Broughton, who regularly uses the route, said: “There’s been a lot of kids getting bikes taken off them.
“Blacon is this gauntlet good people have to run between joining in Hoole and getting to Saughall.
“The word is getting about that you should watch it going through there because kids will throw bricks at you from the bridge or squeeze the breasts of women cyclists.
“If there were police on bikes or on foot it would be a reassuring sight for a lot of people. Lots of women won’t go near there with a barge pole.”
Audrey Hodgkinson, a pivotal figure in the creation of the Millenium Greenway, said: “ It’s a problem. The Sustrans warden won’t work on there and I don’t blame him.”