A CONCERNED resident has raised fears that some footpaths in South Derbyshire have been ‘forgotten’ and are falling into disrepair.
Barry Woods, 67, of St John’s Drive, Newhall, has concerns over the state of the footpath which runs from the end of Oversetts Road, Newhall, to the B5353, near The Gate Inn, Stanton.
The footpath runs next to 160-acres of land which is planned to be used for a £20 million golf course.
But Mr Woods, a retired financier, told the Mail the three-metre wide greenway was originally planned to be suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
He said: “You can visit other parts of Derbyshire and find well organised footpaths where people can exercise but in my opinion, Newhall has been forgotten.
“At the moment the path is uneven, sludgy and overgrown with a fence separating it from the golf course.
“What I and other residents would like to know is, will it be made accessible for those who intend to use it?
“For years we as residents of Newhall, have had to endure mining, clay works and opencast mining on this land.
“Yes, there will be a golf course, but not everyone wants to play golf.
“It was hoped that residents would be able to walk, cycle and those with horses would exercise their animals along this track.
“A gravel track would be the ideal answer for all those intending to use this footpath.
“I would like to see this greenway come to fruition.”
Mr Woods, who is also the chairman of the community group Friends of Newhall Park, added that he has fears other footpaths in Newhall also need maintenance work on them.
He said: “There are a number of countryside walks in and around Newhall.
“There are some nice ones but there are many which are overgrown because there’s no maintenance done on them.”
A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for the upkeep of footpaths in the county, told the Mail: “We will visit the site to look at the condition of the footpath and assess what action, if any, needs to be taken.”