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Rob. M

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Our footpaths
« Posted: 11 Sep 2011, 00:08:31 »
After joining the Parish Council I volunteered to become village Footpath Warden. Without a dog to excercise any more this seemed a useful way to get fresh air and excerise! But I cannot be everywhere so if you also enjoy walking our paths please tell  me about broken/awkward stiles, man made or natural obstructions, poor signing and the like.
Some will recall that KC had a footpath walking group in the fairly recent past. This offered a fun way to keep fit, socialise, monitor bridleways and footpaths while also learning new walks. Anyone interested in resurecting the walking group? Please post a reply if you like the idea or stop me in the street for a chat.       
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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #1 Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 21:04:10 »
I have noticed several stiles that have had been made higher in recent months. The one by the allotments off Orchard Lane is particularly difficult to get over - and I would consider myself fairly spritely. It is also now impossible to get the dogs over or under it. Is this intentional? Also the stile at the Moorhay Lane end of the Hills and Holes has had the base sawn through! One day someone will step on it and it will give way.

Rob. M

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Re: Our footpaths - stiles
« Reply #2 Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 00:21:56 »
Hello and thanks for your comments. Have reported the stile at the top of Hills and Holes to the Parish Council who are arranging for it to be rebuilt. It has been very hazardous for far too long. Those who sawed thro' the tread have done us a good turn despite their intentions! Agree with your comments on the stile leading out of the allotments. Also the two stiles beyond it leading to the Blatherwyke footpath bridge over the Willowbrook.    There ought to be standard design user friendly robust timber stiles with low-level provision for dogs where practical. Am new to being 'footpath warden' but will enquire about improvements. With current financial cutbacks this may be a case of self help by way of a village footpath stile improvement work party. If it came to this would you be willing to help?

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #3 Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 09:03:14 »
That is good news regarding the Hills and Holes stile. You are right about the other stiles leading to the Willow Brook bridge as well. There are others too that have been made more difficult to cross by the addition of further horizontal bars. Why is this?
That aside I do walk every day with my dogs so as a regular user of all the stiles around the village of course I will volunteer to join a working party - as long as its not a party of 1!!

Rob. M

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #4 Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 10:27:47 »
Morning! Thanks for your interest and offer to help improve the stiles. I'm sure others will  help too. Firstly, I will see if the County Council can help us. They are responsible for our workmanlike footpath bridges. Why people have made the stiles so high recently is a puzzle. Just a total lack of consideration for users?  Rob.

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #5 Posted: 05 Oct 2011, 10:05:52 »
Hi,
Recently a few of the Mums of younger children have noticed that the pavements have been covered in dog mess and the verges in litter. I realise these are ongoing issues in the village. As I'm sure you are aware, it is extremely difficult to dodge it with buggies and children on bicycles to and from playgroup and school. I wonder if more obvious signs pertaining to litter and dog mess with the fines involved could be displayed around the village? :)

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« Reply #6 Posted: 05 Oct 2011, 16:24:40 »
Hi Wizpop, Or should that be Wizpoop? >:(  Re. litter and dog poo on the pavements. I'll pass your suggestion re. warning signs at the next Parish Council Meeting. The dog mess problem is discussed regularly and requests for pet owners to clear up appear in the Gazette. If read at all they are clearly not heeded by some dog walkers. Currently one particular dog and walker seem to be a problem. Perhaps a fine as an example might work. There has been dog poop on the corner pavement beside the Cross Keys for several weeks and similar poop occurs regularly along our pavements. Where in particular have you noticed excess litter?   

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #7 Posted: 07 Oct 2011, 22:46:10 »
Hi Rob,
We were walking one Saturday in the village and there was litter particularly around Lesters Bridge and the back of the village hall, I wondered if there was a youth club session on the Friday?
Also, along Wood Road in the grass verges. Thought it could have been the Rubbish collectors not litter picking afterwards? However, have noticed more litter around the same areas since.
Also, there is always dog mess along Colemans Lane which is used by lots of parents and children on school and play group runs. Thanks for replying! Wizpoooooop  ;D

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« Reply #8 Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 13:44:01 »
Hi Wizpoooooop!  Before having a chance to mention your complaint at the last Parish Council meeting several councillors raised this issue following similar complaints from other villagers. Every councillor agreed that the present situation is unacceptable. Also  that the PC's previous efforts to get dog owners to clear up had failed. A bolder request for dog walkers to clear up will appear in the Gazette and notices are to be posted around the village. Some elderly are unable to bend down to 'pick up' but there are several dog walkers who are simply unwilling to pick up. Evidently they never have they do not intend  changing. Some thought that several offenders dog walk at night and are therefore unseen. It was agreed that offenders should be 'outed' and then be visited by the Dog Warden. This means identyfying the miscreants then informing the PC who they are. It is hoped that this will lead to cleaning up the pavements before having to impose fines. Many ignore the fact that dog fouling is an offence because fines are so rarely imposed. Your points re. children and buggy wheels are good and now that parents are being encouraged to reduce car use for the school run clean pavments are very important. Litter was also discussed at the meeting. It's really useful to know where the hot spots of dog-fouling and litter are. Thanks for your help and contributing to the village Forum which is excellent for this stuff. Let's hope that the cleanliness of village pavements can be improved. Meanwhile, watch your step! :-[           

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #9 Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 22:13:35 »
That's excellent, thank you so much. I will ascertain the thoughts of the other Mums as time goes on. Hopefully the pavements will be clearer and cleaner in the near future. Thanks again 8)

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« Reply #10 Posted: 12 Oct 2011, 21:18:03 »
That is good news regarding the Hills and Holes stile. You are right about the other stiles leading to the Willow Brook bridge as well. There are others too that have been made more difficult to cross by the addition of further horizontal bars. Why is this?
That aside I do walk every day with my dogs so as a regular user of all the stiles around the village of course I will volunteer to join a working party - as long as its not a party of 1!!

Hi - Things look promising regarding the NCC helping us to improve the footpath stiles at the Western end of the village. Am meeting their guy to survey the stiles in question and see what work they can undertake. They have also offered us stile kits and fencing rails for our DIY improvements. When more is known I will seek several 'stile work party' volunteers to avoid that work party of just one or two! :) If others reading this would like to help build/repair/improve our footpath stiles please post your interest here including contact details. The NCC guy appears keen to assist our self-help community spirit solution.  Rob. M

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #11 Posted: 13 Oct 2011, 22:53:07 »
I am ready and willing as promised. Just post here when you need us and I will respond :)

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #12 Posted: 17 Oct 2011, 17:16:46 »
Hmmm.... October... Chilly... Damp if not actually raining... leaves blowing around one's ears....

Sounds like an ideal time to be outside playing with bits of wood :)

Other engagements not withstanding; count me in.

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Re: Our footpaths
« Reply #13 Posted: 17 Oct 2011, 18:06:34 »
Hi, all you plucky footpath stile renovation volunteers. Have now surveyed the poorest stiles at the Western end of the village with the NCC Rights of Way officer who is very much on our side and is keen to help us. Not only will he arrange materials and loan of tools but he will explore having his professional team replace two exisiting 'dangerous stiles' with handgates. Let's hope we can get some improvements before the ground freezes, or us  :-[  Just need to get the co-operation of the respective landowners before we touch any stiles even though two are illegal as they stand - or very nearly stand!  :)  Thanks again for volunteering your help.

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« Reply #14 Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 10:51:58 »
Well done - you've done better than I've every managed, despite nagging, but presume you are dealing with Bob, who is very helpful, maybe they have more funds to play with now, that was always the old argument against doing anything constructive!!