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Calls for footpath change

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN is being launched to improve a footpath that links a huge swathe of South Derbyshire so that it can be used by people with wheelchairs and pushchairs ‘more easily’.

Calls for changes to the footpath that runs from the top of the Wye Dale estate to Gresley Wood Road have been made in a bid for the footpath to be given a makeover and be made ‘smooth, firm and level’.

The path forms the official right of way from the A444 to Swadlincote and is becoming increasingly busy due to the proliferation of housing in the nearby area.

A spokesman for the Footpath Changes group said: “Some more reasons for supporting the provision of a footpath wide enough to accommodate a pushchair along the official footpath are that the present footpath is rutted and uneven.

“The footpath is a quagmire in damp or wet weather and is impassable for pushchairs.

“The footpath is the quickest, safest and most direct route from the Swadlincote Lane estate to the local schools.

“It forms part of the official right of the way from the A444 into Swadlincote, all other sections having a hard surface.

“The footpath would provide access to bus stops, as no bus service passes through the Swadlincote Lane estate.

“It would provide access to friends, family, shops and health centres.”

The group is aiming to speak with nearby landowners the trustees of Gresley Old Hall about the matter.

People who would like to voice their concerns about the footpaths in the area are being urged to email Derbyshire County Council on contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk or the South Derbyshire District Council representative for the area, Trevor Southerd, on councillor.trevor.southerd@south-derbys.gov.uk

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