REGARDING the closure of the path and restriction of parking at Toft Church. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed by F Holmes.

There is a rising tide of resentment by many local residents who have for many years enjoyed the convenience of walking, jogging, or just the experience of fresh air and nature in this area.

Whilst it is in the DNA of the British to merely write a stiff letter in times of disappointment or even anger, it is not beyond the most modest of imaginations that some people sadly might resort to more direct protest.

For instance it is not inconceivable that a mass boycott of future church summer fetes and dog shows, or even the church itself might occur. I do believe that other more friendly places of worship are available.

It would be very disappointing to see a mass protest outside a church by people wearing yellow hi-viz waistcoats, particularly if this were to occur at a time which happens to coincide with an important event at the church.

After all they may all just be visiting a grave (or any grave) or even merely walking up and down the public right of way from the A50 to the church to admire the architecture.

Have members of church hierarchy forgotten the mass trespass of Kinder Scout? Are they unaware of the scientific phrase ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’? Do they not know the saying ‘be careful what you wish for’?

I would be mortified if any of the above events should come to pass and I only wish that the powers that be would realise the strength of feeling that their actions have spawned and would reconsider.

I would not wish such a fine bastion of Christian fellowship to fall into decline due to misguided actions which have alienated so many people.

Mervyn Robinson Knutsford