Stiles and kissing gates are the latest aspects of country life to fall victim to political correctness.
They have been a familiar feature of the landscape for centuries, but local authorities now believe that installing them along footpaths and rights of way is a breach of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
This law requires public services to make â€œreasonable adjustmentsâ€ to allow disabled access.
A number of councils have identified stiles and kissing gates as obstructions for people with mobility problems or with visual impairments. Some want stiles banned and kissing gates replaced by larger ones that allow wheelchair access.
Hat tip to Walter Olson.