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Neil Turner
Jun 09, 2020
So I have reported issues to both Warwickshire and Leicestershire and Leicestershire are the first to come back to me - which would seem to support Roger's comments. I thought I'd share the reply I got (shown below) as I thought it may be informative - well it was to me. Thank you for contacting the County Council about various public footpaths. You reported an issue near Thurcaston and a cluster of things around Castle Donington which are within my ¼ of the county. I’ll visit the Thurcaston issue when I’m next in that area, but I saw the Donington ones yesterday. We can’t reply to every report people send in, though everything will at least get looked at. Several of your reports have related to waymark posts and so specifically in that case it may be helpful to explain the Council’s policy. The Leicestershire’s yellow topped posts have always been replaced on an area by area basis as the Council’s contractors work their way around the County over a period of years. It’s only cost effective to do it that way as there are considerable overheads for a special journey for just one post rather than dozens. Unlike the metal roadside signs at the start of footpaths, the yellow topped posts are not a statutory requirement but an optional improvement, which supports but does not supplant traditional navigation skills. Coverage will never be perfect as overgrown vegetation will inevitably obscure some posts, others will rot away at ground level, or will get dislodged. Also not all paths on the ground match what is on the legal record the Definitive Map and so on the OS maps. Where paths have been recently been moved without authorisation the Council take action. Where anomalies are long standing, correcting those is only done as opportunity and available resources allow. So for the time and budgets we have, ensuring completely blocked paths are usable and stiles are safe to use are the greater priorities, and the two cases you reported of that sort will be priorities. . Yours sincerely Andrew Poole Public Rights of Way Inspector Leicestershire County Council
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Registering public rights of way
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Neil Turner
May 07, 2020
In the distant past I have on two occasions reported footpath issues, once to Warwickshire Council and the other to Northamptonshire Council - didn't receive any response from either - very disappointing and has probably tainted my enthusiasm for reporting other issues. Having done a quick bit of searching online, it would seem that each council have their own system for reporting issues - but for the two I looked at Warwickshire and Leicestershire I found online reporting pages. Here are the links to the two sites I found: Leicestershire - https://leicestershirecc-self.achieveservice.com/AchieveForms/?mode=fill&consentMessage=yes&form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-566d0db1-a780-40ec-a830-b17262c5ab3e/AF-Stage-082df4a7-2f45-4423-9cc0-a3390e945fe6/definition.json&process=1&process_uri=sandbox-processes://AF-Process-566d0db1-a780-40ec-a830-b17262c5ab3e&process_id=AF-Process-566d0db1-a780-40ec-a830-b17262c5ab3e on this page there is a drop down box "What are you reporting" from which you can select Right of Way, after this is selected a map appears on which to pin point where the issue is and more information boxes to be completed. Warwickshire - https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reporthighwayproblem on this page there is a link to "Report an unsurfaced footpath, bridleway or byway fault" I have know idea how effective these reporting methods are. Hope this is of some use Finola & Mike, maybe you can test the Leicestershire reporting with one of your paths.
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