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Redditch urged to exercise closer to home after crowd gathers at Arrow Valley Park

Ross Crawford 18th Jan, 2021 Updated: 18th Jan, 2021

PEOPLE out exercising in Redditch by going for a walk are being urged to find new routes closer to home following reports of crowds packing the paths at the Arrow Valley Park.

Latest figures to January 1, 2021 indicate that sadly, 108 people in the town have died from coronavirus.

Police have been in touch with park officers at Redditch Borough Council after complaints about lots of people taking to the park to get their exercise.

Now the Council is promoting other walks across the area in a bid to get people to exercise closer to home while exploring the Borough and staying safe.

Council Leader Matt Dormer said: “I don’t need to remind people that there is a global pandemic but I want to emphasise that Covid infection rates in the north of the county are seriously high.

“While it is vital for well-being for people to get out in the fresh air, there is no need for everyone to assemble in one place.

“By offering people alternative walks in different areas of the Borough, they can choose one closer to home and discover a different Redditch on their doorstep.”

Options include History walks around Redditch, John Harris’s local walks and Redditch Ramblers routes.

Walkers are also urged to get out and about at times which are quieter including earlier and later parts of the day, particularly at weekends.

For more details visit http://redditchbc.gov.uk/walks

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