Archive for 11 November 2004

What about our footpaths?

It is approaching Christmas, and in Efail Isaf another summer and autumn have passed with residents unable to use the many borough-controlled footpaths.

It has been over a year since I made Couns Bernard Channon and Dennis Watkins aware of the blocked footpaths in my area, and still they have done nothing about them.

When I was on Llantwit Fardre Community Council, I was told there was nothing they could do about it because they did not control the footpaths in question.

All I have had from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are promises that they would see to it, but they have not done anything either.

It is not right that the people of Efail Isaf should not be able to walk their dogs, go for strolls with their loved ones or simply enjoy the countryside because RCT do not consider it to be a high enough priority.

I call on the Labour administration to do something about this – in the short term by arranging for the footpaths to be cleared and in the long-term by supporting the European system of subsidiarity and devolving maintenance of footpaths to the community councils, who are small enough to do a better job.

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