Monday, 21 August 2017

‘No’ to prioritising paths

HENLEY Town Council has refused to comply with plans to categorise local paths according to their use.

Oxfordshire County Council asked councils to take part in a trial scheme focusing on “key routes”.

The town council declined on the advice of the Henley-based Open Spaces Society which said the scheme could lead to less-well used paths not being maintained so that they became obstructed and overgrown.

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the society, said: “We want the county council to stop discriminating between public paths when it has a duty to take care of them all.

“All paths are valued by someone — that is why they are there. If you categorise them, users of the lower- priority paths will be justifiably aggrieved when they find that paths they enjoy are less well-maintained than others.

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