A new eco-friendly footpath is crumbling in wet weather, leaving yellow on walkers’ clothes and turning dogs yellow.
Residents of Uppingham and Preston say the new walkway installed by Rutland County Council alongside the A6003 is a “disaster”.
The footpath, which cost £110,000 to build, is already crumbling. And its yellow colour is rubbing off on people and animals alike. People have started calling it the “yellow brick road”.
Mike Sanderson, who lives in Preston and works in Uppingham, was shocked to find his black dog had turned yellow after a walk along the path.
“As soon as it’s wet it turns everything yellow, including my dog,” he said. “It stains your clothing. It’s all over you.”
Mr Sanderson said he thought the material used was poor quality, turning into “pudding” when it rained.
He added: “I was shocked that they were doing it in the first place. It’s the council messing up yet again.”
The issue was raised at an Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum meeting. Co-ordinator Ron Simpson said the path had crumbled so badly that walkers and cyclists were now using the road instead.
He added: “It’s a potential disaster. It’s also dangerous because the wooden edges are already moving.”
The council’s portfolio holder for environment and transport Martyn Pocock (Con) said: “The new footpath between Uppingham and Preston is made from a self-binding gravel surface which tightens and hardens naturally, over time. This is the first time the council has trialled the use of this material, which was chosen in preference to tarmac to minimise the impact on the rural environment.
“The path was funded by the Department for Transport as part of the £4m Travel4Rutland project and we have received a number of comments about the new surface. However, we would like to reassure residents that, within a couple of months, the path will become harder and easier to use.”