News - Pig-Shoot Lane Path Weed Growth

NEW - 1st November 2012

NEW - 1st November 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
1st November 2012
RE: Path

John.

Many thanks, this is encouraging, will pass this on to our officers and Sophia, anything that will make life better for those wishing to use this route will itself be welcome, yes please do keep me informed.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from John Williamson - Rights of Way Officer, Dorset County Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
1st November 2012
RE: Path

Hi Ron

Thank you for the clarification. I will certainly get a quote for some surfacing works from the end of the made up section to the pedestrian gate that meets the Pig Shoot Lane part. I'll see if I can get some funds but can make no promises. I agree that with a new bridge going in it would be most beneficial to see this section improved.

The Pig Shoot Lane section that leads from the end of the footpath up to the narrow bridge across the Leaden Stour is not covered by me but by my colleague Mark Adams in Highways. I have forwarded your email onto him. It would be good to have this section improved at the same time but that is out of my hands.

As soon as I have some news I will get back to you.

Regards,
John Williamson
Rights of Way Officer, Dorset County Council

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
30th October 2012
RE: Weed Growth

John,

Thanks for getting back on this, yes it is the section of the path that leads to Pig-Shoot, it is as you say the most direct route, when one gets to the end of the made up section of the existing path, that cyclist are faced with quite a route / bumpy cycle ride, same time meet that section of path that is forever boggy before one gets to the very small bridge that takes one into Pig-Shoot Lane.

John you mention estate declined to upgrade the path yet are happy for cyclist to use it, takes me back to the endless opposite to the bridge Crossing, where we won the lottery fund, but sadly, due to reductions in Government funding and yes a rang of endless ongoing difficulties, the partners reluctantly agree to withdrawn the scheme from connect 2 programme, which details set out in Dorset County Council news released on the 14th January 2011. You mention Bournemouth own the land which they are going to turn into a cycleway, am slightly here confused, so will copy in our officers on this, meantime I hope for heavens sake that the estate would support this section of the path a bridleway to link into Pig-Shoot, what have they got to lose!!

Do appreciate about the budget but here surely with our joint transport plan that we are forever being told to to support sustainable transport, well this is just what councils should now be supporting, a route for easy cycling, this is a route that could be much better used, for access to the industrial sector of the airport, beside easy access into the forest area, any help John appreciated.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from John Williamson - Rights of Way Officer, Dorset County Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
30th October 2012
Path

Good afternoon Ron

I had a quick look at the path that leads from the temporary scaffold bridge towards Pig Shoot and it was ok. This is the section that runs alongside the river. Is this the stretch that you refer to?

As you are aware it is recorded as a public footpath the use of which by cyclists being trespass against the landowner. Many cyclists use it but the Estate turn a blind eye.

It forms a better route to the airport than the footpath going to Dales Lane and it seems to be the route that most of the commuter cyclist use. Bournemouth are lucky in that they (I believe) own the land which they are now going to turn into a cycleway. The landowner on the northern side of the River was asked if they would be prepared to upgrade the footpath to a bridleway (some years ago) which would enable use by cyclists on a legal footing but they declined.

At the current time, there are no plans to carry out more work but I am happy to have a look if there is a problem section to see if there is any scope. With severe budget cuts we have very limited resources.

Regards,
John Williamson
Rights of Way Officer, Dorset County Council