Issued by Duncan Smart, Holmer & Shelwick Footpath Officer, 6th July 2021
Wednesday 16th June 2.8 miles walked on Holmer & Shelwick paths HO4, HO9 & HO10. Then cleared/strimmed path HO9 with the strimmer and hedge cutter up to Munstone Road on a hot day!
Monday 28th June returned to Holmer H10 near Ivydene to clear this path (ran out of time and energy on 16th June).
At the last Parish Council meeting it was reported that Herefordshire Council intended to remove the Temporary Closure notices on Footpaths HO3 (from the Coldwells Road pond to the A49) and part of HO1 (from the Roman Road across the Ayles Brook into the Hereford Point development). I have been in touch with the relevant Balfour Beatty personnel but need confirmation that the Ayles Brook bridge is safe, that barriers will be removed and that I may clear the growth. I went to check HO1 and HO3 on 6th July and, as expected, both are very overgrown in places. At present the Temporary Closure notices are still in place.
I was advised by a neighbour that HO8A between the Holmer Court Care Home and The Furlongs had been strimmed. I checked and it had – does anyone know by whom? If Balfour Beatty or some other body is planning to strim/clear paths it would be very helpful to know that to prevent duplication of effort.
It would be appreciated if anyone coming across other problems with the Holmer & Shelwick public footpaths (as identified by finger posts and yellow waymarks) will report them through the website or to the Parish Clerk. This includes stiles, bridges/ditch crossings, overhanging vegetation etc. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done about muddy patches after heavy rain or floods.