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Snow business

Transport for Buckinghamshire and their sidekicks in Ringway Jacobs have sent me a christmas e-card.  Thanks TfB and RJ, but why a photo of a snowplough forgeing through the winter weather?  With warmer winters, we rarely see them any more—and … Continue reading

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Walkers Are Welcome—a winning formula

Last weekend, as patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, I went to the towns’ annual get-together.  This year it was in Chepstow, at the start or finish of the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke National Trail.  It … Continue reading

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Walking with my MP

On Saturday the Ramblers’ Chilterns 20s-30s Walking Group organised a five-mile walk from West Wycombe with Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe, and his wife Beth.  Steve is my MP so I was particularly pleased to meet him. What better way to get … Continue reading

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Futile and flawed

Buckinghamshire County Council claims not to have much money for public paths (see recent blog) but it does have the money to present its Filming on Highways Bill in Parliament.  The bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on … Continue reading

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The statutory duty must be done

A fortnight ago I joined other path-user representatives at a meeting with Bucks County Councillors to express our concerns about the threat to the county council’s rights-of-way budget and the transfer of part of the team to Ringway Jacobs (see previous … Continue reading

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Herefordshire shoots itself in the foot

Herefordshire Council is a highway authority with problems.  In fact it has the fourth most rights-of-way problems awaiting resolution of all the English councils: 5,767 on its 2,135 miles—nearly three per mile, according to the Ramblers’ report Paths in Crisis, … Continue reading

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It pays to welcome walkers

It was timely to launch the Emsworth Walkers Are Welcome Town on 30 November, just as the Ramblers published their Paths in Crisis report.  This exposes the highway authorities’ cuts to their path budgets and the devastating effect these have on … Continue reading

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