A council is calling for a walkway at a nature reserve be made a “proper footpath” amid concerns of it becoming boggy. Cheadle town councillors discussed the concerns at their recent virtual meeting.
A council is calling for a walkway at a nature reserve be made a “proper footpath” amid concerns of it becoming boggy.
Cheadle town councillors discussed the concerns at their recent virtual meeting.
Councillor Rob Slater told fellow councillors that he was concerned about a pathway in Cecilly Brook Nature Reserve. He said: “As you go down Ness Grove, there is about 70 metres which has no tarmac. Stone has been put down but there are puddles all the way down it.
“It’s quite nasty. It’s been used a lot which is making it into a bog.
“I think the path needs to be extended to connect Cecilly Brook and Oakamoor Road, or fence it off so that people can not walk through.
“I would like to know who is responsible so we can ask them to extend the path so that we have got a specific walkway, a proper footpath.”
Councillor Slater was then informed that the town council has a Footpath Committee.
Clerk Dave Mullington said: “Yes we (the Footpath Committee) do still meet and we are on top of things. We certainly can get in touch with the county council and look at the maps.”
Councillor Gary Bentley mentioned that the nature reserve is one of the areas which is being considered for one of the 30 community orchards which Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are currently planting across the district.
Councillor Kate Martin said that after £30,000 was spent on the nature reserve, it was “lovely seeing all the children enjoying it.”
She added: “Now all you would expect to see is an alligator, you can’t see the pathways for children to follow them.
“I don’t think it looks like a nature reserve anymore.”
Councillor Ray Wood asked if a committee were still active for the area, and members agreed to contact the group to invite them to have a meeting to discuss the nature reserve.
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