Council and Poole Ramblers clash over funding for foothpath figures

Bournemouth Echo: CONCERN: Ramblers at Tyneham CONCERN: Ramblers at Tyneham

CLAIMING that it has cut its funding for footpaths by 30 per cent, on top of previous cuts of 20 per cent, The Ramblers say Poole Council is a contributor to its “councils of concern”.

The organisation’s Paths in Crisis report points out that Borough of Poole also has a large backlog of paths waiting to be recognised as public rights of way.

However, Borough of Poole, which has approximately 30 miles of Rights of Way, disputes the figures.

“The figures quoted in the Ramblers report are somewhat misleading as there has actually been no reduction in the rights of way budget over the last two years,” said Steve Tite, traffic manager, Borough of Poole.

“The discrepancy is due to the fact that we have now accounted for the costs associated with legal support in a separate budget, which obviously gives the impression that the Rights of Way budget has been cut.”

Poole spends around £42,740 a year managing its network of footpaths, with a further £8,500 spent on maintenance works.

The Ramblers has teams of volunteers working with 44 councils in England, including Dorset which it says has one of the lowest budgets per mile of footpath, who go out to clear overgrown paths, put up signposts and fix broken stiles and bridges.

Ramblers are calling on councils to work with them to repair path problems, stop severe cuts to rights of way budgets and clear up the backlog of work for recording paths as rights of way.

“Blocked and overgrown paths put people off from getting outside at a time when we need to be making it easier, not harder, for everyone to get more active,” said Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive.

“We know walking is one of the nation’s favourite past-times, with visitors to England’s great outdoors spending £21 billion last year.”

“Keeping paths clear is a small cost compared to the huge benefits they can bring to tourism, the economy and the nation’s health and happiness and it is vital that councils properly invest in them.”

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5:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

mikeymagic says...

Keep on like this and the council will start to charge for usage of the paths. Everyone in this country is taking a hit so wind your neck in and make use of the miles of paths available.
Keep on like this and the council will start to charge for usage of the paths. Everyone in this country is taking a hit so wind your neck in and make use of the miles of paths available. mikeymagic
  • Score: 5

6:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rayc says...

It is strange in these days of Local Transport Plans which have alternatives to the car at their core that these alternatives are getting dearer. Train fares increasing, bus services being curtailed and this topic.
Is there an integrated and financed plan or is it pie in the sky? Council policies have led to a fall in car parking income which was being used to subsidise the alternatives. It is interesting that the management of the footpath network far outweighs the maintenance costs. Perhaps that is the problem.
It is strange in these days of Local Transport Plans which have alternatives to the car at their core that these alternatives are getting dearer. Train fares increasing, bus services being curtailed and this topic. Is there an integrated and financed plan or is it pie in the sky? Council policies have led to a fall in car parking income which was being used to subsidise the alternatives. It is interesting that the management of the footpath network far outweighs the maintenance costs. Perhaps that is the problem. rayc
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BobBall says...

Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise.

Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it.
Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise. Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it. BobBall
  • Score: -1

8:10pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

BobBall wrote:
Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise.

Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it.
Its about time councils stopped wasting money on this rubbish, people come first not some minority association, if the ramblers want paths then clear them yourselves and leave much needed cash for people in need.
[quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise. Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it.[/p][/quote]Its about time councils stopped wasting money on this rubbish, people come first not some minority association, if the ramblers want paths then clear them yourselves and leave much needed cash for people in need. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BobBall says...

Hessenford wrote:
BobBall wrote:
Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise.

Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it.
Its about time councils stopped wasting money on this rubbish, people come first not some minority association, if the ramblers want paths then clear them yourselves and leave much needed cash for people in need.
Stop taxing people so much in the first place, people in need are generally working poor who are taxed to the hilt and renting some overpriced slave box off a boomer. (like the parasites in this picture
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobBall[/bold] wrote: Boomers wanting more money not there is a surprise. Yet if anyone wants to build a home near to them thus putting cash into the councils coffers they'd all be against it.[/p][/quote]Its about time councils stopped wasting money on this rubbish, people come first not some minority association, if the ramblers want paths then clear them yourselves and leave much needed cash for people in need.[/p][/quote]Stop taxing people so much in the first place, people in need are generally working poor who are taxed to the hilt and renting some overpriced slave box off a boomer. (like the parasites in this picture BobBall
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Would you like to be picked up by taxi and tansported to you tarmaced footpath complete with toilets and cafe,s serving tea out of bone China cups. Get real people our age are cold tonight due to floods.Do what I do and walk into town see real people struggling to make ends meet because they didn't ha e the opportunity to get a decent pension. The point being we all need to make sacrifices .you are a long way down the list
Would you like to be picked up by taxi and tansported to you tarmaced footpath complete with toilets and cafe,s serving tea out of bone China cups. Get real people our age are cold tonight due to floods.Do what I do and walk into town see real people struggling to make ends meet because they didn't ha e the opportunity to get a decent pension. The point being we all need to make sacrifices .you are a long way down the list kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Fri 3 Jan 14

dogsoftheworld says...

"Poole spends around £42,740 a year managing its network of footpaths, with a further £8,500 spent on maintenance works". So if only £8500 is spent on maintenance, what is the £42740 managagemt about?
"Poole spends around £42,740 a year managing its network of footpaths, with a further £8,500 spent on maintenance works". So if only £8500 is spent on maintenance, what is the £42740 managagemt about? dogsoftheworld
  • Score: 6

10:10pm Fri 3 Jan 14

apop3d says...

What's a foothpath?
What's a foothpath? apop3d
  • Score: 3

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