Medieval paths in Iron Age village deemed too dangerous by health and safety chiefs

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A perfectly preserved medieval village is set to lose its iconic cobbled paths over health and safety fears, it emerged today.

The historic settlement of Dunster, Somerset, dates back to Bronze and Iron Age Britain and is regarded as one of the most-perfectly preserved medieval villages in England.

The village attracts thousands of visitors a year because of its 1,000-year-old castle and quaint features including the medieval cobbled streets.

Now health and safety chiefs have ruled them to be too dangerous and a working group is considering replacing them with smooth-surfaced roads at a cost of more than £100,000 'to bring the village into the 21st century'.

But residents have slammed the ruling and are demanding that the cobbled streets be repaired to protect the 'character' of the village....

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