A $280,000 pedestrian tunnel in Sydney that has remained locked for nearly a decade has residents in the area frustrated. 

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality said it's a liability and a safety issue. 

The tunnel goes under the four lanes of Kings Road. If open, it would connect Wentworth Park to the other side of Kings Road.
    
Alicia Penney wrote to her councillor asking if the tunnel could be opened.

“It's just kind of sitting here gathering garbage and nobody is getting to use it,” she said. “Why did they build it using our tax money if no one actually gets to use it?”

Alicia Penney

Alicia Penney wrote to her councillor asking if the tunnel could be opened. (CBC)

The CBRM said the tunnel was part of a plan to link Wentworth Park to the Sydney Boardwalk, an extension that hasn’t happened.
    
“It's a security safety issue,” said CBRM councillor Eldon MacDonald. “I think there is potential there for liability and if we can mitigate those issues then I think they should be mitigated."

There are three other tunnels in the area that are not gated or locked and are in less travelled places.

The CBRM said they plan to meet in June to consider the issue.