Core path maintenance

With the weather improving we are receiving an increasing number of comments in relation to the condition of core path and local path networks. It will surprise some to learn that while core paths have a greater level of legal protection, there is no statutory responsibility or the required resource availability for the council to maintain the network.  Where there are specific concerns such as overgrown paths, poor surfacing or obstructions, we would encourage these to be reported but note it may not result in immediate action.  Where action is required, there are a number of approaches we can follow up including support of willing groups of volunteers from the community; requesting of hours from the community payback team; and support to identify funding sources to pay for work to be carried out.

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