residents raise fears over 'dangerous, neglected' foothpath
in Highbridge are unhappy at the 'shocking' state of a public footpath
which they believe is being left to deteriorate in a "dangerous
condition" to help developers build their case for a huge new
Clarke is leading a new group of residents called the 'Lakeside
Residents Public Open Space Committee' to put pressure on local
councils to increase safety along the footpath that runs from Springfield
Road across a public open field to Bennett Road. It comes after
plans to build 130 new homes on the field.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, he says: "The state of this public footpath
is shocking, with thick mud and overgrown vegetation and hidden
footpath signs. It has been deteriorating for some time now."
public right of way leads up to the railway crossing next to Springfield
Road, where both the gates have been without latches for some time
- it is really dangerous and children or animals could run through
onto the tracks."
path itself is often a muddy quagmire, but when I've complained
to the council they have said it's part of a reed bed and therefore
doesn't have to be fully maintained even though we haven't seen
reeds here for years."
the eastern end of the path, the steps from Bennett Road down onto
the path are often covered in sloping mud. I slipped and fell there
recently. It's annoying when that area was reported to the council
back in 2015."
feel the development funding that was secured for public use in
Highbridge following the Asda store's development should be used
to help improve access to local public rights of way such as this
a very neglected public path and field considering they're so well
used by locals as a route between Springfield Road and Bennett Road.
This area's especially popular with dog walkers."
and the County Council have made no attempt to make it fully accessible
- we believe they would prefer to make money from the sale of the
land for development - or are we just being cynical?"
are all strongly against the development of the field, not because
it's new houses, but because the site would create so much more
traffic through the Lakeside access road. It's dangerous already
and another 130+ vehicles would be a real concern."
added: "We have formed the Lakeside residents public open space
committee to represent the views of the 35 residents here - the
vast majority of whom are against the development plans."
for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We
cut back vegetation on the footpath twice a year in May and August,
so the footpath has recently been strimmed."
and when development impacts on a public right of way, we seek to
achieve the best outcome for the right of way and those that use
it, and are more than happy to work with Sedgemoor District Council
and any funding they may have available for footpath improvements."
issue with the gates at the level crossing has been reported to
Network Rail for their attention."