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Footpath 181

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:52 pm
by Richard_H
Judging from a leaflet I received today, the Lib-Dems seem to have their knickers in a bit of a twist over this. Can anyone fill me in on what's causing all the commotion? Is it something to do with the football pitches again?

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:10 pm
by Louise
http://victorchamberlain.blogspot.com/2 ... h-181.html

There you go....The nimbyiest nimby of all nimbys

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:42 pm
by annie
No-one has any chance of looking good on this one.

Load of bollox really.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:22 am
by BeechBum
Not so much, "Not In My Back Yard" as "Right In My Front Garden".

Well, not mine personally but I do have friends in Anchorside Close although I havent spoken to them about this yet as I wasnt aware of the proposal. It is a quite little cul-de-sac of generally non-descript dwellings but they do fall victim of the neerdowells that habit a certain section of Chorlton just to the south of that street. The only saving grace is that its a cul-de-sac and the scummers have to go out the same way they came, which must put them off a tad.

However, this little follie should give them a lovely little escape route thanks to the RA.

So you have the Beards & Boots Brigade tramping all over your azaleas in the day and the Trackies & Trainers Troop round the rear at night.

All just a snip at £50k. Brilliant.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:09 am
by Louise
Does the path run right through these peoples gardens? I guess it must for their azaleas to be trampled. That would be rather alarming. I was considering buying a house once until I discovered there was public footpath running across the garden right in front of the spam - sorry window. It certainly put me off buying it.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:39 pm
by fiz67
i use to work near there is it the back of leos fabrics where new houses where built ? no-one would ever want to walk there surely

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:07 am
by stephennewton
I am a resident of Anchorside Close (behind the Shell garage on Barlow Moor Road and cut off from Chorlton by Chorlton Brook) and a director of the management company that looks after our estate. Footpath 181 runs through our land and many of us are very much looking to being able to gain quicker and easier access to the Water Parks, Beech Road and Chorlton Green. It is a very short path that affects very few people, essentially allowing us to get across Chorlton Brook on foot. The alternative is a hairpin route that takes about 10 minutes. So Anchorside residents could get to Ivy Green in six minutes, instead of 16 (times worked out using Google Maps). As you can imagine, its very popular with us. But the Lib Dems in particular hate the idea.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:09 pm
by Richard_H
Reading between the lines, it appears that the council are going to spend £50,000 to reopen the path because if they don't it looks likely they can be taken to court and forced to open the path - which will then end up costing a lot more than the original 50 grand.

I can't think that opening this path up will benefit that many people, there are probably better ways to spend the money.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:07 pm
by stephennewton
Richard
Sorry to be pedantic, but you've not read between the lines. It is the clearly stated position that the council has a statutory obligation to maintain footpaths.

If you were reading between the lines, you'd see opposition Lib Dem councillors making out the council actually wants to open the path, so they can fabricate a story on Labour waste. That has inevitably led to Labour councillors saying 'but we don't want the council to open the path either'. But who is the council that will open the path, if not its councillors?

£50k is a lot of money to remove a couple of fences and clear some undergrowth on a very short path. So where does that number come from? When challenged the councillors say it is an officers' report from August 2009. The council refused a Freedom of Information request to release that report on the grounds that it is a draft and so is unreliable and misleading. But we know that the officers did outline a more ambitious proposal to re-route and extend the path along Chorlton Brook. The £50k is probably for this much more ambitious plan. We could probably open the stretch that matters for a about £5k.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:54 pm
by Louise
Could a group of interested volunteers go out there with their garden tools and clear it for nothing?

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:42 pm
by annie
Maybe they can't let them in case they get horribly scratched by brambles, and sue.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:03 pm
by StePee
If it is still a Right Of Way, then my understanding is that anyone is entitled to clear it so that they may 'pass and re-pass'. (unless there are statutary notices fixed at each end advising that the ROW is subject to an Order that closes it.)

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:30 am
by Louise
annie wrote:Maybe they can't let them in case they get horribly scratched by brambles, and sue.



I know, people keep saying "Sue go home and cut your fingernails" but she just ignores them and hangs about in the bushes.

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:20 pm
by annie
Louise wrote:
annie wrote:Maybe they can't let them in case they get horribly scratched by brambles, and sue.



I know, people keep saying "Sue go home and cut your fingernails" but she just ignores them and hangs about in the bushes.


Excellent!!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Footpath 181

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:51 pm
by Richard_H
Stephen,

According to the Lib-Dem propaganda sheet "Chorlton Focus", which was popped through my letterbox today, Victor Chamberlain is saying "Local Police (my emphasis) object to the reopening as it could could lead to increased crime and anti social behaviour".

Answer me that!