Tak­ing steps to im­prove path

Parish coun­cil spend­ing £24k on work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEDES­TRI­ANS are set to ben­e­fit after a coun­cil agreed to carry out work to im­prove a foot­path across East Common.

Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil has agreed to spend £24,175 on resur­fac­ing the path across East Common, in or­der to im­prove ac­cess for pedes­tri­ans and wheel­chair users.

The coun­cil had re­ceived some com­plaints from vil­lagers that the path was in a poor con­di­tion and was dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate, es­pe­cially for those in wheel­chairs.

It meant that ac­cess to the op­po­site side of the common was re­stricted and that a de­tour had to

Any­thing which helps the place look

neater and ti­dier will help us”

be taken to get around it.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “There had been some prob­lems with it and it was a job that we needed to do, so we’ve agreed to carry out the work.

“Hope­fully it should be a lot bet­ter once the im­prove­ments are made, be­cause we want ev­ery­one to en­joy the com­mons and for them to be in as good con­di­tion as pos­si­ble.”

The work will in­clude tim­ber edg­ings be­ing used along the sides of the path so that there is a clear bound­ary be­tween it and the grass, and the path it­self will be given a stone fin­ish.

Grass ar­eas next to the path will be re-soiled and seeded.

The im­prove­ments to the foot­path will help to­wards the parish coun­cil’s bid for suc­cess in next year’s best kept vil­lage contest.

The parish coun­cil has agreed to en­ter the an­nual contest and is aim­ing for the vil­lage to be in top con­di­tion dur­ing the com­ing months to boost its chances of suc­cess.

Mr Brown said: “The best kept vil­lage com­pe­ti­tion is some­thing that can be re­ally pos­i­tive for Ger­rards Cross and the traders here, so any­thing which helps the place look neater and ti­dier will help us.”

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