In my blogs about path check in Piddington and Wheeler End I expressed some frustration with the online system for reporting path problems to Buckinghamshire County Council, the highway authority. However, I had a much better experience this week.
I reported a recently-installed stile on Turville footpath 22 at grid reference SU 747919. It is an obstruction to free passage: the gap between the top step and the rail is too large and there isn’t anyway room to swing your leg over because of the dog-door. I found it awkward, and for many it would be impossible.
Also, there is dangerous barbed wire close to the upright posts.
I sent my report at 6pm on Tuesday 2 January. I received a response at 10am on Wednesday 3 January from rights-of-way assistant Sophie David. She had already written to the landowner (the Gettys of Wormsley I presume) and offered to provide a gate to replace the stile. Service indeed!