Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Footpath 181 VICTORY
You may remember that last September I blogged about the Council's plans to reopen Footpath 181 which runs from Claude Road (at the side of Meade Manor), behind South Drive and alongside Chorlton Brook onto Oakhouse Drive. This historic path has not been in use for 65 years, however following pressure from the Ramblers Association, Manchester City Council made it a top priority to reopen the route. I was deeply concerned by this action and encouraged the Council to reconsider. I opposed the reopening of the historic path because many people told me they didn’t want it reopened, it would be a disgraceful waste of public money (estimates said £40,000 to £50,000) and I was concerned that a reopened path could result in more criminal activity particularly burglaries, vandalism, anti social behaviour and gangs loitering.
Many local residents joined me and my Chorlton Lib Dem colleagues in raising their objections with the Council. Following a concerted campaign I am pleased to let you know that the Council have finally seen sense. Yesterday Council Bosses told us that having assessed the situation at great length they have decided to stop up the full length of Footpath 181 as provided by Section 116 of the Highways Act 1980. The Council will be advertising the stopping up order and making application to the courts.
I would like to thank all the residents that joined us in opposing the reopening; it shows how powerful the community can be when we work together.
Posted by Chorlton LibDems at 00:26