Campers who are visiting a site in the Moorlands will not only be happy that they are able to do so once again, but also because there's a new footpath which will save them from “dicing with their lives.” A new footpath has been constructed along the road outside Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Cheadle to make it safer for campers to walk into town.
Campers who are visiting a site in the Moorlands will not only be happy that they are able to do so once again, but also because there’s a new footpath which will save them from “dicing with their lives.”
A new footpath has been constructed along the road outside Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Cheadle to make it safer for campers to walk into town.
Cheadle councillor Paulette Upton, who has assisted with the project, said: “For many years there has been no footpath on Oakamoor Road in the vicinity of Hales Hall Pool car park, and just below Hales Hall Caravan & Camping Park.
“This is a very busy, winding and fast, stretch of road and pedestrians had to walk on the road for about 30 yards because there is no footpath on the opposite side.
“This road is the main pedestrian route into Cheadle for visitors coming from the caravan park and is also popular with walkers.
“The visibility for vehicles leaving the car park was seriously restricted on the right hand side.
“Jeff Wood, proprietor of the caravan park, raised the issue with me over 12 months ago and I had several meetings, on and off site, with members of the county council.
“Unfortunately, they declined to fund the improvements but were happy for the work to go ahead.
“There was the opportunity to apply for a grant for the work but, despite submitting quotes as requested, the money was never forthcoming so it looked as though the project would never happen.
“However, it is due to the generosity and hard work of local farmer, Colin Campbell, and Jeff Wood that the footpath has been constructed.
“I would like to thank them for their community spirit and their commitment to making the safety of pedestrians a priority.”
The footpath, which is around three metres wide, is around 50 metres long,
Jeff Wood, who runs Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park, told the Times & Echo: “We have been on this campsite for 12 years and campers have been complaining frequently that there was no footpath along there to go into town.
“The speed limit along this road goes from 30mph to 60mph, and there is a bend either side, and a hump in the road, making it very dangerous.
“We took it up with Staffordshire County Council, who are responsible for highways, but we had no joy.
“We raised it again last year and Cheadle councillor Paulette Upton asked representatives from the county council to attend a meeting where everyone agreed that there was a need for a footpath, but that there was no money available for it.
“So we thought, well it needs doing before someone is killed along there.
“The farmer, Colin Campbell, who owns the land has donated the land and also done a lot of the work and provided some of the materials to do it.
“I also provided some materials and the physical work has been done by ourselves.
“I think we have managed to do a fairly decent job.
“It’s been good team work with us all pulling together.
“It’s definitely an improvement.”
Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant said of the footpath project: “I am thankful for the work that has been done for this project. It looks magnificent.
“Hopefully it will stop people dicing with their lives when walking along there.
“Yes, it should have been a highways job but, like everything else, no money could be found for it.”
The footpath is soon to be tarmaced to complete the project.
Jeff also told the Times & Echo that it was good to have his caravan and camping site back open after the lockdown.
He said: “We have been open for a week now and we are getting lots of bookings from people from all over the country.
“Unfortunately we have had to cancel the events we have at the site but we have rescheduled them to take place next year.”
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