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Ramblers in new path campaign

Posted 14 July 2010
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Ramblers in new path campaign
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The Ramblers has launched a new campaign to prevent the decline of footpaths in Cornwall.

It was warned that the way the county council categorises the routes means it will be impossible to walk down many of them in time as some will suffer serious neglect.

Organised as part of a wider national Dead End campaign against such problems across the country, the focus in the county is on paths in the St Ervan and St Issey areas.

Attacking the effects of the gold, silver and bronze path prioritisation system used in Cornwall, chief executive of the Ramblers Tom Franklin said: "Despite the extreme dedication of council officers, paths are blockaded with barbed wire and brambles, blocked with crops and some lead into hedges."

He said the council must work more with the Ramblers and use more of its resources to maintain Cornish paths.

Cornwall was one of 19 councils named by the Ramblers when its Dead End campaign was launched earlier this month as facing issues concerning paths.

Problems vary from outstanding map changes and path orders to the failure to establish rights of way improvement plans and public sector funding cuts.

Posted by Brandon Egley