Keeping the Paths Open

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One of the pleasures of living in Tarvin Parish is the ready access to open countryside through the network of public footpaths and bridleways that weave a complex and fascinating web over our local area. However, in recent years some of these paths have become seriously overgrown, and by the end of summer even some of the well-used ones can become difficult to negotiate.

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The Parish Council has agreed to set up an informal Working Party led by Councillor Ray Williams, to tackle this problem. Volunteers would help to keep the paths accessible by the judicious use of secateurs and other small scale equipment as well as walking the routes together so that all may continue to enjoy the pleasures of the countryside. As a working party of the Parish Council, volunteers will enjoy the protection of the Council's insurance policy.

The legal responsibility to keep the 1,267 kms of local public rights of way open rests with Cheshire West and Chester Council, but this service has been affected by recent financial cuts and is not always able to act swiftly to solve access problems. They do maintain a definitive register of all Rights of Way, act to resolve legal disputes and plan to use their resources as efficiently as they can over the whole Council network. Details of this and a way of reporting access difficulties on line can be found on the website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

But the Parish Council feel that the time has come to take a more pro-active approach to local problems and they hope that there are sufficient keen ramblers, dog walkers, and horse riders who will be willing to lend a hand occasionally to keep paths open. Two paths that have recently been suggested as needing some 'tender loving care' are the path to the Roman Bridges and the paths downstream from Tarvin Mill.
The working party will seek to work with local landowners and will always take advice from experts on any legal or botanical matters that might arise.

Councillor Williams would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to take part in this initiative. Please call him on 01829 740486 or contact the Clerk on 01829 741075

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