1) Tuesday 5th March – HO13 stile at SO 52477 42830 replaced with the help of two friends (just 1 mile walked with materials and tools). The parish bought post hole auger and tub draining spade both worked extremely well on this job.
2) Wednesday 27th March – 6.3 miles walked checking footpaths HO1 (blocked and diverted again) HO4, HO8A, HO9, HO10 and HO13
Path HO1 – Spoke to the Bloor Homes site office on Hereford Point about the blocked path HO1 and was told it had been diverted alongside the built houses. Checked this out and found that a path had been created to the right side of the Hereford Point built houses but ended at a padlocked gate which had to be climbed to join up with the original HO1 path. I plan to speak to both the Bloor Homes site office and the farmer to check what can be done to improve access.
Path HO4 – Stile at junction of path HO4 with Pipe & Lyde paths PL1 and PL2 has a loose cross step.
Path HO10 – The previously difficult metal gate stile at SO 52332 43333 now has two excellent cross steps, fitted by the landowner – making it much easier to cross the gate – Thank you!
Path HO13 – The stile at SO 51781 42553 is falling over at one side and will require repair or replacement soon.
3) Wednesday 3rd April
Path HO1 – I spoke to Phil Roper, Site Manager of Bloor Homes, Hereford Point development and to Alison Adams who farms the land to the north of the Hereford Point site about access from the temporary HO1 footpath through to the original path line north of the building site.
It was agreed that the gate needed to be kept locked to prevent livestock from escaping into the building site. A possible solution would be for a temporary stile to be created near to the padlocked gate. Phil Roper would be happy with that solution and so would Alison Adams (subject to agreement from the land agent).
Duncan Smart (DGS),
Holmer & Shelwick Parish Footpath Officer