River Stour Path

Reply from Councillor Ronald Whittaker

17th March 2011

RE: Stour path, close to the disabled fishing platform, Redhill

Michael.

Believe me do understand all you say here, but this section of the path is always a bog, and no amount of material laid here will never overcome this muddy section due to the water flow from where the river was original running, it has to be a board walk, fully appreciate the funds situation and grateful that the proposals for the Berry Hill link are being progressed, but this path is used by hundreds weekly, and does need addressing,

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Reply from Michael Rowland

14th March 2011

RE: Stour path, close to the disabled fishing platform, Redhill

Dear Cllr Whittaker,

We'll bear this in mind. As you know at present we don't have funds for this sort of work and our first priority is the path to link Berry Hill with the Stour Valley LNR. We're working on this one at the moment. If an opportunity arises we'll certainly consider it.

Kind Regards,

Michael Rowland - Parks Policy Manager, Bournemouth Parks – Bournemouth Borough Council

E-mail from Councillor Ronald Whittaker to Michael Rowland - Parks Policy Manager, Bournemouth Parks

13th March 2011

Stour path, close to the disabled fishing platform, Redhill

Michael/Stuart.

The above section of the path as we know sinks and has for many years due to water coming from the bank which was in the 60s part then of the Stour river which was then push further out when then the River authority together with the council had problems with the river bank behind properties in Granby road, hence why we have this constant problem of the muddy section of this path, some years we as members paid for the existing board walk, this was when David Crutchington was with us, can I request please that a similar thoughts be given here to providing same, as it becomes extremely unpleasant for those in a wheel chair and elderly folk who like so many enjoy this lovely section of the Stour, even in summer it never dries out,

Many thanks,

Councillor Ron Whittaker