It’s a sad fact that the Secretary of State for Environment is always one of the last posts to be announced in any cabinet reshuffle, and at the time of writing I am still waiting to hear who it will be. It ought to be one of the top jobs, for it is our future.
Meanwhile, I reflect on Theresa May’s record on paths and access. In 2005 she opened the new footpath under the A404 dual-carriageway at Bisham near Marlow, following an eight-year campaign by the Ramblers (led by the redoutable Margaret Bowdery).
But I don’t recall her helping much to get the Thames Path routed by the river in Maidenhead, instead of along the dangerous rat-run of Ray Mead Road, a campaign which has for the time being failed.
And in her next-door constituency of Windsor, what about the Thames Path which should run through the Home Park but instead, for alleged security reasons, is forced onto the busy residential road through Datchet? In this of all years, the queen’s ninetieth birthday and the twentieth anniversary of the Thames Path National Trail, we ought to get the route sorted. I’m not sure that Theresa May will be much help though.