Fear over hooves on path if it's upgraded

Malvern Gazette: Fear over hooves on path if it's upgraded Fear over hooves on path if it's upgraded

PLANS to upgrade a footpath in Malvern Link to a bridleway have been criticised by Malvern town councillors.

Worcestershire County Council wants to widen the footpath that runs from Queen Elizabeth Road to Lower Howsell Road as part of a project to increase accessibility across Malvern.

The path is heavily used by residents of the Duke of Edinburgh housing estate to get to and from the Link shopping centre and schools.

However, the path gets very muddy in wet weather, and an upgrade to bridleway status means the county council would be able to resurface it.

But at Tuesday’s town council meeting, members said they were worried that if the path were to be upgraded riders would be allowed to use it.

Coun Ian Hopwood said: “I’m extremely concerned.

Lots of mothers with toddlers and buggies use this path.”

Councillors agreed to voice their concerns to the county council.

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12:08am Tue 3 Dec 13

chrism says...

Get real Mr Hopwood (and Malvern Town Council). There's not another bridleway anywhere near that footpath - you'd be mad to ride a horse along lots of busy roads to get there just to ride along that track. It's a complete non-issue.

Or is this a case of misreporting (which seem quite likely given how old this news is - the meeting was over a month ago) and Mr Hopwood is actually worried about people riding bicycles along the path? If that is the case, then I'm not sure what he thinks is stopping people doing so at the moment - most cyclists are very well behaved, but I doubt those who aren't will care whether it is a FP or a BW. There's a good argument that making it legal to cycle along there will encourage better behaviour by increasing the number of responsible cyclists. Of course there's an even better argument that an off-road cycle route is needed there to encourage sustainable transport, which is presumably also one of the reasons for the proposed upgrade.
Get real Mr Hopwood (and Malvern Town Council). There's not another bridleway anywhere near that footpath - you'd be mad to ride a horse along lots of busy roads to get there just to ride along that track. It's a complete non-issue. Or is this a case of misreporting (which seem quite likely given how old this news is - the meeting was over a month ago) and Mr Hopwood is actually worried about people riding bicycles along the path? If that is the case, then I'm not sure what he thinks is stopping people doing so at the moment - most cyclists are very well behaved, but I doubt those who aren't will care whether it is a FP or a BW. There's a good argument that making it legal to cycle along there will encourage better behaviour by increasing the number of responsible cyclists. Of course there's an even better argument that an off-road cycle route is needed there to encourage sustainable transport, which is presumably also one of the reasons for the proposed upgrade. chrism

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