Battle for world's steepest street headed to TV court

Baldwin St (left) and  Ffordd Pen Llech. Photo: RNZ
Baldwin St (left) and Ffordd Pen Llech. Photo: RNZ
Judge Rob Rinder. Photo: Wikimedia
Judge Rob Rinder. Photo: Wikimedia
The battle for the world's steepest street is headed to court - kind of.

Ffordd Pen Llech in the Welsh resort of Harlech dethroned Dunedin's Baldwin St as the world's steepest street in July this year.

But Dunedin surveyor Toby Stoff soon raised issues with the methodology, as the record setting bid was measured on the inside verge of a curve greatly exaggerating its steepness and disadvantaging Baldwin St - which is straight. 

The light-hearted back-and-forth between Dunedin and Harlech's most strident supporters is now headed to the UK reality television courtroom of Judge Rinder. 

Mr Stoff will be representing the people of Dunedin and spoke to RNZ's Otago-Southland reporter Timothy Brown this week about his plans for the case.

Dunedin surveyors Dylan Hills (left) and Toby Stoff measuring Baldwin St earlier this year. Photo...
Dunedin surveyors Dylan Hills (left) and Toby Stoff measuring Baldwin St earlier this year. Photo: Peter McIntosh

 

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